Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Milan Skriniar in recent days and a Sky Sports report claims that Spurs have held talks with Inter over the defender.
However, the report claims that the two clubs are currently far apart in their valuation of the 25-year-old.
While the Italians reportedly want 60million Euros (around £55million) for Skriniar, Spurs are said to value the Slovakia international at half of the asking price.
On Wednesday, Spurs director Steve Hitchen travelled to Milan to meet with the player’s agent to describe the club’s project, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Skriniar has emerged as one of Europe’s most in-form central defenders since joining Inter from Sampdoria three years ago.
To date, the 6ft 2in powerhouse has made 128 competitive appearances for the Nerazzurri, as well as winning 31 caps for his country.
A worrying report given the apparent difference in valuation and surely a non-starter as far as Inter are concerned – why would anyone part ways with a £55million player, heading into his prime and contracted until 2023, for a mere £27.5million?
There’s a lot of work to do at Tottenham’s end if they want Skriniar, most likely in the form of offloading players surplus to requirements and, if not raising funds through player sales, at least freeing up the wage bill.
With Jan Vertonghen no longer at Tottenham, a top central defender is a must for Mourinho, and Skriniar ticks all the boxes, not to mention a bonus box in the shape of rating the Spurs boss very highly.
When linked with Mourinho’s Manchester United two years ago, Skriniar played down the speculation, in conversation with ESPN, adding: “Jose is one of the most famous, best, greatest coaches in the world.”