According to a report by Daily Mirror journalist John Cross, Tottenham, and chairman Daniel Levy, are making one final deadline day push to sign star Serie A defender Milan Skriniar – but the club are still trying to negotiate his lofty £45 million asking price.
It’s already been quite the summer window for Spurs, sealing deals for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguilon, Carlos Vinicius and the return of club icon Gareth Bale on a season-long loan.
Should Spurs keep moving for Skriniar?
Yes, get a deal done Levy
No, move on to Rudiger
However, as per this update, Levy and co are pushing for a seventh summer acquisition – even after running riot 6-1 at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon.
While Tottenham’s attacking options appear plentiful, Jose Mourinho’s side could still be short at the back, thanks in part to the departure of fan favourite Jan Vertonghen on a free transfer to Benfica.
As a result, the club have been heavily linked to swooping for a centre-back, and Skriniar is hotly tipped as Spurs’ main priority among alternative options like Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger (Football.London).
Now, despite having merely hours to get a done deal over the line, Mirror reporter Cross has claimed that Tottenham are not ready to give up on the Slovakian colossus – despite both Inter and the Lilywhites being miles apart in terms of valuation.
The Serie A giants want £45m up front, a price Levy is unwilling to pay, with negotiations reportedly in full flow to meet half way over a realistic fee.
One potential plus side is the alleged eagerness Skriniar has to join Tottenham, as backed up by reliable correspondent Alasdair Gold, who claims the defender is ‘very keen‘ on a move.
Lauded as ‘excellent‘ by ex-Premier League striker Paolo Di Canio, landing the 6ft 2 star in a last minute swoop would certainly put the cherry on top of what has been a stellar window for the club.
Spurs fans, is landing Skriniar a necessity before the eleventh hour? Have your say in the comments down below…
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