Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer with Jose Mourinho keen, but they face a huge stumbling block – the player’s price tag.
Skriniar, 25, has emerged as one of Serie A’s best defenders over the past couple of seasons as he continues to shine in Antonio Conte’s side. The Slovakia international has played 128 times for Inter in three years, 42 of which came last term.
Spurs are desperate for a centre-back with Daniel Levy seemingly willing to back Jose Mourinho in the transfer window – having brought in Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon this summes, so far.
Spurs are keen on Benfica’s Ruben Dias but it appears their attention hs switched towards Skriniar. The north Londoners have opened talks over a move, and are desperate to convince Inter to reduce their £55million price tag.
TBR’s view – Skriniar would be a sensational Tottenham signing
But is he worth the enormous price tag? Certainly, Skriniar has been one of the best players in Serie A football over the past couple of seasons. He has also impressed in the Champions League, and is still only 25 years of age.
Although expensive, Skriniar would be an investment for years to come – and a long-term replacement for Toby Alderweireld. One thing Mourinho should question, though, is that they need a left-footed centre-back after losing Jan Vertonghen.
But if Levy can convince Inter to reduce their asking price to a fee in the region of £40million-£45million, then they would be securing a very good deal for a top-class defender.