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Tottenham-linked centre-back wows in CL clash, ‘concedes practically nothing’ to star forward

Tottenham Hotspur duo Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte have serious pulling power when it comes to Italy-based players.

We’ve already seen this with the likes of Cristian Romero, Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski joining Spurs from Serie A clubs.

In the summer, we could well see more top Italy-based footballers bolster the Tottenham ranks.

Spurs linked with Milan Skriniar
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The Spurs defence could really do with some new defenders, and Milan Skriniar’s name has done the rounds for a while now.

Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was said to be a big fan of the Slovakia international.

In June last year, claimed that Skriniar was keen on a switch to Tottenham.

However, his high valuation put an end to the deal – Inter reportedly wanted £45million.

Current Spurs coach Antonio Conte managed Skriniar at Inter Milan.

The Daily Star claimed in November that he’s keen on bringing him to N17.

The 27-year-old is in the last 18 months of his contract at the club.

Some reports have suggested he’s looking to negotiate a new deal at Inter, so Tottenham will likely be monitoring proceedings.

If those talks don’t prove fruitful, Spurs could always try to turn his head in the summer.

And if Tottenham do manage to land him, they’d be getting a top player.


Skriniar was in action for the Nerazzurri against Liverpool in Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg.

Although the Reds won, the 27-year-old was by far his side’s best defender on the night.

Eurosport gave Skriniar 7/10 and wrote: “Usual physical presence, usual top focus from the first to the last second of the match.

“He asserts his physical dominance and gets the San Siro crowd going with some of his interventions. Extraordinary block on Luis Diaz.”

Tuttomercatoweb also gave him 7/10, writing: “Certain Champions League nights truly bring out the best in him.

“He presented himself as a wall – the opponents’ technical level inevitably made his own levels rise.

“Blameless for the (opposition) goals.”

Calciomercato went even higher on the ratings, giving Skriniar 7.5/10.

They joked that he marked Sadio Mane so tightly, he “even followed Mane to the bathroom.

“Conceded practically nothing to him. Played like a gladiator and forced Klopp to replace the winger.”

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