Tottenham are in danger of being gazumped by Manchester United in the transfer market for the second time in quick succession, according to reports from Italian media.
Jose Mourinho’s former club appear to have beaten his current employers in the race to sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax, with The Mirror claiming that the Old Trafford club have seen off Spurs for his signature.
Over the weekend, Calciomercato reported that Tottenham had made contact with Inter Milan over a potential deal for Milan Skriniar, but the Serie A side want Tanguy Ndombele in exchange and there has been no progress in that regard.
Calciomercato added that Manchester United have now moved into pole position for the Slovakia defender, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club enjoying a strong relationship with Inter given previous deals between the pair involving Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez.
Skriniar, who has made 128 appearances in three years at Inter, is considered dispensable by the San Siro club as he has struggled to adapt to Antonio Conte’s preferred setup. They hope to land a sizeable transfer fee for the 25-year-old, although the €70m (£62.5m) that they were previously demanding for him now looks set to be downscaled. [via Calciomercato]
Spurs are in the market for a centre-back after the departure of Jan Vertonghen and they have eyes on the 25-year-old Slovakian, who stood out as a composed ball-playing defender with a passing success rate of 92.1% in Serie A last season – better than anyone in Mourinho’s current squad.
However, Skriniar averaged only 1.4 successful tackles and one interception per game in 2019/20, whereas Vertonghen had 1.7 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per match, suggesting that the Belgian is stronger at the nitty-gritty essentials of defending.
Having already been unable to beat Manchester United to the punch for Van de Beek, Tottenham’s frustration would be further deepened if they miss out on Skriniar to the Old Trafford club.
Which club will Skriniar join if he leaves Inter?
If Spurs are to get back into the Champions League positions next year, something that Solskjaer’s side managed to do in 2020, they can ill-afford to keep missing out on direct top four rivals for key transfer targets. Unfortunately, their limited budget seems to be holding them back in their attempts to catch up.
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