According to a report by Italian outfit Leggo.it, Tottenham Hotspur are now eyeing Serie A star Milan Skriniar as a defensive target for the problem position of centre-back – but they face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The Lowdown: Skriniar links re-emerge
Tottenham fans may remember the Slovakian as a name consistently linked with a move to north London last summer, and that is because Spurs were very interested in his signature.
Indeed, reliable sources like Alasdair Gold backed this interest last year and the football.london reporter even revealed that Skriniar was ‘very keen‘ on a move to north London at one point.
However, the move eventually broke down due to a difference in valuation between Spurs and Inter, with Leggo now touting the 26-year-old as back on the radar of Tottenham.
The Latest: Spurs now eyeing Skriniar
The Italian newspaper, lifting the lid on Spurs’ re-emerged interest in Skriniar, claim that both the Lilywhites and United are keen on his signature but will have to pay around €60 million (£51.8 million).
Due to the Nerazzurri’s financial problems as a result of coronavirus, there is an ‘openness to sacrifice’ the 6 foot 2 defender this summer alongside fellow defender Stefan de Vrij.
Indeed, Skriniar’s sale would provide much-needed funds for the cash-strapped Serie A champions and Inter are apparently more willing to offload him over de Vrij.
The Verdict: Get it done Levy…
Judging by his numbers, it appears Skriniar has built on his fine 2019/2020 season form which prompted Spurs’ original interest.
Starting 31 league matches whilst averaging an impressive 92.2% pass accuracy out from the back this season (WhoScored), displaying a cool head, former teammates of the player know full well of his quality.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport recently, Adam Zilak, who played with Skriniar at MSK Zilina, lauded his compatriot as an ‘incredible defender’ – leaving little wonder why Spurs have been linked with a move both previously and now.
Despite the £51.8m price tag, it is clear that he could be worth the heavy investment, but Levy’s willingness to part with that much money will be the subject of heavy debate this summer.
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