The Lowdown: Spurs and Skriniar…
Tottenham have been linked with a move for the 43-cap Slovakia star since as far back as last summer, with former Lilywhites boss Jose Mourinho said to be an admirer at one stage.
Spurs chief Steve Hitchen even flew to Italy in an attempt to negotiate his signing but to no avail as the two clubs failed to reach a compromise over valuation.
As new managing director Fabio Paratici takes to the helm at Spurs, Skriniar is still said to be on the radar as a target this summer, with journalist Di Marzio now providing an update on Inter’s demands.
The Latest: Di Marzio drops price update…
Indeed, as per the Sky Sports journalist, Inter are apparently asking for an eight-figure fee of €60 million (£51.6m) if they are to let Skriniar leave this summer.
Di Marzio says that while Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu is apparently ‘close’ with a valuation of around €15m (£12.9m), Skriniar will demand a much large fee with Tottenham now told exactly what they need to pay.
Paratici, as a result, could have to invest significantly if he is serious about signing the defender.
The Verdict: Worth it?
The 6 foot 1 colossus certainly impressed again as part of a title-winning Inter side over 2020/2021, starting 31 matches under former boss Antonio Conte whilst averaging a composed 92.2% pass accuracy out from the back (WhoScored).
Former teammate Adam Zilak knows full well of his ability, lauding Skriniar as an ‘incredible defender’ in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
However, for £51.6m, his signing could now be out of reach – especially considering Tottenham’s financial trouble and the ongoing financial implications of the pandemic.
In other news: Tottenham negotiations underway for this possible signing, find out more here.
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