Report: Tottenham will try again to sign 2020 target this summer for £25m

Nathaniel Kay April 8, 2021
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Tottenham Hotspur will revisit their interest in Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer, as reported by the Express.

Spurs are looking to bolster their central-defensive options in the transfer window, with Skriniar high on Jose Mourinho’s wish-list.

Skriniar top of Spurs shopping list

Football.London reports Tottenham held talks with Inter over a possible transfer last summer. However, the clubs failed to agree on the Slovakia international’s price tag.

FL reported the two clubs were more than £10 million apart in their valuation of the defender.

The Express claims Skriniar’s asking price has fallen to £25 million, which feels a bit on the low side.

In February, however, The Sun reported Inter are in financial crisis and require £146 million of funding as covid hits home. That may increase the club’s need to sell quickly, which may explain the Express’ reported figure.

The 26-year-old has become a crucial part of Antonio Conte’s team since joining Inter in 2017. Skriniar has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season at centre-back.

And that’s a position Mourinho desperately wants to improve at Tottenham having seen his side throw away another lead at Newcastle on Sunday.

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Saint in the spotlight

Mourinho is also reportedly looking at another centre-back – Jannik Vestergaard. His performances in a struggling Southampton team have put him on Daniel Levy’s radar.

Southampton’s towering Dane would apparently cost less than Skriniar at £18 million (Express).

Prizing him away from the Saints could be less tricky too, considering Vestergaard only has one year left on his contract.

Tottenham need to turn it around

Mourinho’s desire to bring in new recruits highlights how little faith he has in his current defensive options.

Eric Dier rarely gets a look in, while Toby Alderweireld is arguably past his best.

Davinson Sanchez is erratic and Joe Rodon is still adjusting to life in the Premier League after his move from Swansea City.

A shake up is certainly needed in north London. Out of the Europa League and struggling to break into the Premier League top four, Tottenham’s only salvation is the League Cup final this month.

Fail to win that trophy against Manchester City and their transfer targets may start to look elsewhere.