Tottenham eyeing long-time target who Jose Mourinho ‘loves’ but face £68m transfer bill

Milan Skriniar scores first goal for Inter Milan in 2017

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Tottenham are still interested in signing Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar but face paying £68million, it has been claimed. Tottenham tried to sign Skriniar last summer, but fell short of meeting his asking price.

Tottenham will reportedly sack Jose Mourinho at the end of the season if he fails to deliver Champions League football.

However, despite being in sixth place at the moment, the Portuguese boss is making plans for the summer.

Spurs are set to continue spending money this summer in order to strengthen their squad ahead of next season.

Mourinho was eager to bring in a new centre-back in the 2020 summer transfer window, and eventually settled on Joe Rodon.

The defender joined from Swansea during the closing stages of the domestic window, and has gone on to look impressive in north London.

However, Spurs only turned to the Welshman after missing out on Inter’s Skriniar.

The Slovakian was Mourinho’s first choice for the entirety of the window, but Spurs opted against paying his £42m asking price.

However, less than a year on Mourinho is still eager for the 26-year-old to be signed, but now faces paying significantly more.

Skriniar has shone this season for Inter and has become a key part of Antonio Conte’s team.

And according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, he is still on Spurs’ radar.

Romano explained to the ‘Here We Go’ podcast that due to Skriniar’s form, his asking price will likely have shot up drastically.

“I will mention again Skriniar because they love this player,” he said.

“They are scouting, they love this player, they are convinced he would be perfect. Mourinho loves this player.

“He’s one of the players they are convinced would be perfect.

“It is about the scouting, the board, Mourinho. They have one big problem, they were really close to signing Milan Skriniar, they offered like €35m, Inter were asking for €50m, so they were close, but they decided to give up.

“What happened in this moment is that Conte is doing an amazing job with Skriniar and now he is a starter, before they had Diego Godin and Skriniar wasn’t playing, now he’s a starter and he is doing so well, fans are in love with Skriniar, so now it is not €50m, I think it will be around €80/75m for Srkiniar.”

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