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31/3/2021 | 8:33 pm
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano released a new update this week on Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer chase from Milan Skriniar …
What is the word
In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Romano revealed that Spurs could rekindle their interest in the Inter Milan sensation if the window reopens at the end of the season.
“I would mention Skriniar again because they love this player. They scout, they love this player, they are convinced that he would be perfect.
“Mourinho loves this player. It’s one of those players that they believe are perfect. It’s about the scouting, it’s about the board, it’s about Mourinho, they love the player. “
North Londoners were on the verge of sealing the 26-year-old in the summer, and chief scout Steve Hitchen was spotted in Milan ahead of the deadline, according to the Evening Standard.
Romano went on to claim Spurs only offered € 35m, despite the top Serie A leaders wanting at least € 50m to leave their star, while that rating is expected to rise by the end of the current campaign.
“He does it so well that fans are in love with Skriniar, so I guess it’s not 50 million euros anymore. This summer it will be around 80 or 75 million euros for Milan Skriniar, so really, really complicated, let’s see what Tottenham will decide on the center-back, ”he added.
Should Spurs visit Skriniar again this summer?
Dreams for Mourinho
As Romano mentions, this would really be a dream business for Mourinho.
Back in January, the Evening Standard’s reliable Dan Kilpatrick suggested that the Portuguese were desperate for a new center-back who could have a similar impact as Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool or Ruben Dies in Man City.
Skriniar can be the “transformative” defender he longs for.
High comparisons with former Premier League beast Martin Skrtel are just one reason the Slovak international wouldn’t need time to adjust to the Premier League.
“He was always leading on and off the pitch,” Tibor Goljan, Skriniar’s U17 coach at MSK Zilina, told ESPN.
This is something Spurs may have been missing since veteran Jan Vertonghen left. In Spurs’ last league game – a 2-0 win over Aston Villa – Davinson Sanchez, who was often referred to as a “weak link”, also featured young players like Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga in the defense.
Many of Mourinho’s problems stem from his disappointing backline. These are players far from the height of this determined Chelsea squad. Here at Spurs there is neither John Terry nor Ricardo Carvalho.
Ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara recently called Eric Dier and Sanchez the league’s worst central defense partnership and even urged the club to resell them in the summer.
Skriniar could be that differentiator.
His performances for Inter were instrumental in giving them a six point lead at the top of Serie A. Only one team, defending champions Juventus, have scored fewer goals this season.
The star, valued at £ 49.5 million, is one of Antonio Conte’s top performers with an average WhoScored rating of 6.96. Additionally, he contributes 1.1 interceptions, 1.4 tackles, and 2.7 clearances per game, which shows an excellent reading of the game and only reinforces why the 6-foot-2 monster could easily make its way into English football.
In comparison, no Spurs center-back is anywhere near this form level, with Sanchez topping the WhoScored rating charts (6.74).
Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy must now do what he can to seal Skriniar’s signature this summer. It would be a dream business not only for Mourinho but also for Spurs.
Click here to see the full GiveMeSport interview with Fabrizio Romano
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