Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of signing Milan Skriniar look set to receive a huge boost, with The Sun on Sunday (27/9; page 61) reporting that Antonio Conte wants Inter’s board to drop their asking price for the 25-year-old.
Skriniar looks to be a key target for Jose Mourinho heading into the final days of the window. However, The Sun on Sunday reports that the Nerazzurri originally demanded £55 million for the Slovakia international.
That price has since come down to £45 million. And it is now being suggested that the Serie A side may be willing to knock a further £10 million off their asking price.
The Sun on Sunday suggests that Conte is so desperate to land N’Golo Kante that he is prepared to sell Skriniar.
Chelsea are reportedly demanding £45 million for Kante, and Inter need to sell before they can bid for the 29-year-old. And thus, they would seemingly rather sell Skriniar for less than they had hoped than not at all.
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It would be huge for Tottenham if Skriniar’s asking price dropped to just £35 million. Based on other reports from this week, it would appear that it would almost align the two clubs in their valuations.
Football London reported this week that Spurs were willing to pay an initial £32 million for the centre-back. It was noted that the bid would then be topped up by add-ons as Inter, at that stage, held out for £45 million.
If Conte gets his way, Tottenham’s bid will be just £3 million away from Inter’s asking price.
At that stage, it would be a huge surprise if Spurs did not do what was needed to get a move done.
So it would appear that they are now waiting in the hope that Conte gets his way.