Inter Milan sought to get back at Tottenham Hotspur during Milan Skriniar negotiations
Spurs were keen on signing the Slovakian defender before the window shut last week. However, they were unable to as the Italians refused to lower their asking price.
In fact, the Nerazzurri were copying the same tactic that Daniel Levy used on them nine months ago. The Spurs chairman refused to budge on his asking price for Christian Eriksen. Inter have now done the same for Skriniar.
Levy held out for £17m despite Eriksen having just months left on his contract. Inter eventually agreed to pay the full amount to sign the Dane. While our tactic may have worked out then, it clearly boomeranged this summer.
In the end, Spurs weren’t willing to meet Inter’s £55million asking price. It is unfortunate that we could not land the 25-year-old who was also keen on a switch to North London.
Spurs are still in the market for a defender. With the domestic window running until the 16th, they have now turned their attention to Swansea City star Joe Rodon.
Competition for the Welshman is fierce, with Leicester City also keeping tabs on his situation. The 22-year-old has established himself as a top Championship defender. Adding him will give Jose Mourinho more options at the heart of the defence.
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Although one can argue that Inter’s approach was petty, it would have made no sense for us to pay over the odds for Skriniar. It remains to be seen if we will return for the Slovakian in the future.