Tottenham ‘remain interested in Milan Skriniar who Jose Mourinho “loves” but north Londoners may be priced out in their chase for £68m Inter defender… who was available for £42.5m last summer’
- Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in Inter’s star defender Milan Skriniar
- The 26-year-old has flourished under Antonio Conte with the title hopefuls
- Jose Mourinho was interested last summer but Spurs did not meet his price
- According to reports, Tottenham may be priced out for the £68m defender
Milan Skriniar remains on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar this summer with Jose Mourinho still a huge admirer of the Inter defender, although the north Londoners may be priced out in their chase for the £68m man.
Spurs were closely linked with the Slovakian defender last summer, but the Premier League side failed to meet Inter’s valuation for their star – one of the hottest defensive properties in Europe at present.
Mourinho was forced to settle for Swansea youngster Joe Rodon instead, but the Portuguese remains unsatisfied with his options at the back and is believed to be ready to dip into the market for reinforcements.
Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in Milan Skriniar but may be priced out of a transfer
Jose Mourinho reportedly ‘loves’ the Slovakian having attempted to sign him last summer
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Spurs remain heavily interested in the 26-year-old, however Spurs will have to pay significantly more than was asked of them last summer if they wish to land their man.
‘I will mention again Skriniar because they love this player,’ Romano said on 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.
The Portuguese remains unconvinced with his defence and is looking to bolster his ranks
‘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 Srkiniar.’
Whether Mourinho is afforded the opportunity to recruit this summer remains to be seen. Spurs are desperate to return to Champions League football and reports this month suggested that the Portuguese’s job could be at risk if he fails to qualify for European football’s premier competition.
However, Spurs may not be able to afford Inter’s £68m valuation of the 26-year-old defender
The wily coach hit back at critics last week, insisting that detractors are not qualified to comment on his results this season.
‘I don’t think anybody is going to discuss rocket science with the guys from NASA, with everybody around the world.
‘They think they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game.
‘That’s the beauty of football. I got used to it. I appreciate that. So that’s fine for me.’
Mourinho took over as Spurs boss in 2019 and has the chance to lift his first piece of silverware with the club in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.
But whatever the result of that game, Mourinho is still under huge pressure to deliver top-level European football come the end of the season.