Transfer News: Tottenham unlikely to return for Milan Skriniar
According to transfer news from GiveMeSport, Tottenham might not return to pursue a deal for Milan Skriniar. The Inter Milan defender was chased by Spurs for a while when Jose Mourinho was in charge but not the club could turn away with him getting the sack as confirmed by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Spurs were after the signing of the Slovakian defender all summer last year. However, Inter Milan’s transfer fee demands meant that the pursuit ended without the desired result for us.
Another attempt was made to recruit the 26-year-old during the January transfer window but a move failed to materialise. Indeed, a deal worth £25m was close to being agreed upon before Inter Milan pulled the plug on the deal due to his impressive form.
Considering that the likes of Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld have underperformed this season, bolstering the centre-back unit becomes an act of utmost importance for Tottenham in the summer.
However, a move for Skriniar can be ruled out for the time being given that Mourinho has been sacked and he was one of the main reasons for going after the defender. Fabrizio Romano confirmed that Spurs may look to go after a different player depending upon who is the manager next season.
“I was hearing that Mourinho was really intending to try again for Milan Skriniar, the Inter Milan centre-back, this summer. He wanted Skriniar one year ago, and he wanted Skriniar also some weeks ago to play for them next season. So, he was ready to try again, to convince Tottenham to try again for Skriniar.
“Mourinho wanted to try again for Skriniar, and now without Mourinho, in my opinion, Tottenham will go for a centre-back but maybe it will be a different one with a new manager. So it won’t change with the positions, so the centre-back, maybe a striker and let’s see what happens with the wingers, but for sure Skriniar is complicated because he was related to Jose Mourinho’s desire.”
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Someone like Skriniar, who has been playing at the highest level in Italy for a number of years now, would have undoubtedly been an excellent addition for us. Nonetheless, Spurs now have to look towards other targets and before that, they will need to sort out the managerial position.