Tottenham are closing in on a deal for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar with talks continuing on Wednesday, claims a report.
Football Insider claims that “talks are advancing with Skriniar and Inter over a deal and they are set to continue today”.
Spurs have until 11pm next Monday to get the deal done for the Slovakia centre-back, who has been a mainstay at Inter for three seasons.
Skriniar lost his place in Antonio Conte’s side last season though and he was omitted from the side on Saturday. Conte picked a three-man defence of Alessandro Bastoni, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Aleksandar Kolarov for their first league match of the season – a 4-3 win over Fiorentina.
Daniel Levy is believed to be ready to offer £30m for Skriniar. And that, along with a lucrative long-term contract, is hoped to be enough to get the deal over the line.
Skriniar is boss Jose Mourinho’s No.1 defensive target after losing Jan Vertonghen in the summer. And the commanding defender is understood to be keen to try the Premier League.
Speaking after the weekend’s win over Fiorentina, Conte told Sky Sport, as per Fabrizio Romano: “Skriniar to Tottenham? He’s part of our project here at Inter.
“But I don’t know if an important bid will arrive in the coming days… it’s possible that the club will consider it because of the financial situation”.
Rudiger’s Tottenham link
Rudiger refused to play for Chelsea against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, sources have confirmed to TEAMtalk.
Rudiger has not played for the Blues in the Premier League so far this season, featuring on the bench in the 3-1 win at Brighton. Since then, however, he has not made their squad.
However, he was asked to feature against Spurs – a game in which Jose Mourinho’s side progressed 5-4 on penalties.
However, the German international made it clear that he did not want to play as he is now pressing to leave.