Tottenham Hotspur are expected to submit their first official offer for Internazionale defender Milan Skriniar today (Monday 28th September), that is according to a report from Italian news outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport via @Daily_Hotspur.
The centre-back has recently emerged as a major transfer target for Spurs, with supporters getting excited after the club’s technical performance director Steve Hitchen was spotted in Italy last week (Evening Standard).
According to the report, the Slovakian international has already agreed personal terms with the north London club and Tottenham will now make an official bid for the player. Inter are expecting an offer of €40m (£36.3m) plus bonuses.
The 25-year-old has been a regular since arriving in Milan from Sampdoria, featuring 128 times for the club in total. In Serie A last term he played 32 games and averaged 2.6 clearances and 1.2 tackles per game, whilst also showing composure on the ball by completing 92.1% of his passes (WhoScored).
He has also earned plenty of praise for his performances, with ex-Inter Milan captain Giuseppe Bergomi describing him as “incredible” whilst crediting him with making fellow defender Miranda a better player.
Meanwhile, former striker Roberto Baggio even likened him to iconic defenders from Italian football Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta.
Spurs are certainly in need of a centre-back, with a report from the Evening Standard recently claiming that Jose Mourinho wanted to sign a player in that position as well as a new striker before the transfer window closes. Indeed, they are a man down in defence with Jan Vertonghen having left to join Benfica.
It seems that Skriniar is the number one choice to fill the void left by the Belgian and the club have until October 5 to tie up a deal.
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