Whilst Tottenham Hotspur go about their summer business rather quietly, one transfer saga just won’t go away…
According to RMC Sport (via Sport Witness), Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte will not waiver from his interest in Spurs’ club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
It’s claimed that the Serie A outfit will come back in with another offer in the coming days, which will open up a potential swap deal with one of their current stars.
Jose Mourinho is a fan of central defender Milan Skriniar, who is valued at £45m, whereas he’s not taken too kindly to the Frenchman since he took charge in November.
Spurs are lacking in the defensive department following the exit of long-serving veteran Jan Vertonghen, so involving Skriniar in some form would surely be smart business.
In Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier they lack an aggressive leader – someone like a John Terry or Ricardo Carvalho, who Mourinho had at Chelsea – and that’s what the Slovakian colossus would bring.
Skriniar has been likened to former Liverpool enforcer Martin Skrtel as well as Alessandro Nesta.
“He has always been the leader on and off the pitch,” claims his former youth coach Tibor Goljan whilst Goal lauded him as one of the signings of the summer in 2018, describing the Inter brute as “a strong tackler who is quick to make clearances.”
The 25-year-old impressed on the biggest stage this season, averaging 2.5 tackles, 2.3 clearances and 1.8 interceptions coming up against Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, via WhoScored, so he seems like the perfect candidate to help lead Spurs back into the Champions League.
It was only one season ago that they made the final.
Carvalho was integral to Chelsea winning two PL titles and one FA Cup under Mourinho and in Skriniar, he’ll be getting a similar figure who can truly kickstart his era in north London.