According to Football.London, Tottenham could reignite their summer interest in Inter defender Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window.
Reports over the summer suggested that Spurs were very much interested in landing the Slovakia international, but a deal failed to materialise as both sides were too far apart in their valuations of the centre-back.
Now, Football.London claim that if “Spurs can raise finances through sales, one deal they may potentially decide to revisit again” is Skriniar.
The report adds that “Mourinho is always going to be looking to improve certain areas of his team”, but that “a possible deal for the Slovakian would depend on Inter dropping their valuation by some way, however”.
Since Mourinho took the job from Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, one of the big beneficiaries at Spurs has been Eric Dier. The England international has been permanently moved to centre-back under the Portuguese man’s leadership, and has played the full 90 minutes in every Premier League game bar one this season.
But ultimately, if Spurs are looking to go from title pretenders to genuine contenders, then they desperately need to bring in a centre-back of established quality. And Skriniar fits that bill to a tee.
Described as always being a “leader on and off the pitch”, the 25-year-old could well come in at Spurs and become Mourinho’s new John Terry. A profile by ESPN declared that “quality ball distribution is one of his major strengths, and he had been compared by some pundits to Alessandro Nesta after a hugely impressive season at Sampdoria in Serie A”.
The £45m-rated defender could come in and have the same kind of impact Virgil van Dijk had at Liverpool. It can completely transform a team when a genuinely world-class option comes in, and there’s no questioning that the Dutchman has been one of the cornerstones behind the Reds’ Champions League and Premier League successes.
Levy could give Spurs their own Van Dijk by making a swoop for Skriniar in January.