Tottenham in talks to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and latest on Arkadiusz Milik


Tottenham Hotspur are currently in talks with Inter Milan over signing centre-back Milan Skriniar.

The 25-year-old Slovakia international has been a long-time target for Spurs and football.london understands the club have now entered formal discussions over trying to add him to Jose Mourinho’s squad.

Skriniar played 42 times for Inter last season but was handed less starts after the Serie A restart by Antonio Conte.

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Now Spurs are hoping to make their move for a versatile 6ft 1ns defender who can not only play on either side of the centre-back pairing but can also step into a defensive midfield role when required.

Mourinho is keen to bolster his central defensive options with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez struggling to impress so far this season, Japhet Tanganga out with a thigh injury and Juan Foyth expected to leave the club.

Skriniar would add real experience despite his age and top level quality to Tottenham’s back line.

The sticking point remains the price with Inter believed to be looking for north of £50million for the defender.

Spurs are not willing to pay that amount and are still trying to move on players in order to bolster their transfer funds.

This week’s decision from the government that the return of fans to stadiums will be delayed from its original planned October trial dates has come as a blow to many clubs’ finances with the complete absence of income of gate receipts hitting hard.

Tottenham are also looking for a new striker before the transfer window closes next month.

They have been linked with a move for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik, but football.london understands that the club have cooled their interest somewhat in the Polish striker who saw his move to Roma fall through.

Links with Wolsfburg striker Wout Weghorst are also believed to be wide of the mark as is a move for Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard.

Tottenham have made enquires about a number of strikers across Europe but are often running into the familiar problem of players not wanting to play second fiddle to Harry Kane and the arrival of Gareth Bale only makes the likelihood of Mourinho playing with two strikers frequently less likely.





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