Tottenham Hotspur remain desperate to land Milan Skriniar, but now face being priced out of a move for the Inter Milan star, claims a report.
Jose Mourinho wanted to bring the Slovakia centre-back to the club last summer. Spurs offered a fee in the region of £30m last summer, but Inter wanted more and turned down the approach. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Tottenham have been closer to Skriniar than anyone else for months. But as yet a breakthrough remains a long way away. And now with the defender back in favour at Inter his price tag appears to have risen considerably.
Transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano says Spurs might now have to pay in excess of £60m if they want to bring the 26-year-old to north London.
“I will mention again Skriniar because they love this player,” Romano told his Here We Go podcast. “They are scouting, they love this player, they are convinced he would be perfect. Mourinho loves this player. He’s one of the players they are convinced would be perfect.
“It is about the scouting, the board, Mourinho. They have one big problem, they were really close to signing Milan Skriniar, they offered like €35m (£30m), Inter were asking for €50m (£42.5m), so they were close, but they decided to give up.
“What happened in this moment is that Conte is doing an amazing job with Skriniar and now he is a starter, before they had Diego Godin and Skriniar wasn’t playing, now he’s a starter and he is doing so well, fans are in love with Skriniar, so now it is not €50m (£42.5m), I think it will be around €80/75m (£68m/£63m) for Skriniar.”
‘No longer the crazy Inter’
“I always wanted to stay here. I’m happy to be performing more consistently,” he told the official Inter website in January.
Skriniar could not get himself into Antonio Conte’s team last season, but things have changed this time around.
He has made 22 Serie A starts this season as Inter look destined to win their first Scudetto for 11 years.
“This is no longer the crazy Inter,” Skriniar told Tuttosport last month. “This is [coach Antonio] Conte’s Inter.”
Skriniar has come in from the cold to assert himself as a key man at the back for Conte. The former Sampdoria man is under contract until 2023.