Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be increasing their interest in Milan Skriniar and reports in Italy are now suggesting a contract proposal could be laid out to the Slovakian international next week.
At the end of July it was reported by Sky Italia that Jose Mourinho’s first-choice in any swap deal involving the out-of-favour Frenchman heading to the Nerazzurri would be Skriniar.
The 25-year-old, who admitted his admiration for Mourinho in a 2018 ESPN interview, is not considered an indispensable member of the first-team at Inter under Antonio Conte whilst Tottenham could use the centre-back reinforcement.
Now, FC Inter News is reporting that Tottenham are readying their offer for Skriniar, should the two clubs finalise an accord regarding an exchange of talents.
The report claims that Tottenham would offer Skriniar a significant increase on his €4 million-a-year salary (roughly £70k-a-week) at Inter, a figure Tottenham could easily justify considering the player’s age and likely indispensable place in the first-team.
Once that agreement is made, Tottenham and Inter could try to finalise a potential swap deal. Failing that, Skriniar could be available for a figure just short of €50 million (£45m), a fee Tottenham might struggle to pay amid the current global health crisis.
Undoubtedly, Skriniar would be an excellent signing for Tottenham and if Ndombele is simply going to be a bit-part player under Mourinho, then this deal would make sense for all parties.
Tottenham fans might be sad to see Ndombele go but if it means Skriniar’s arrival, then the positives might outweigh the negatives.