Tottenham in Talks to Sign Inter's Milan Skriniar

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Sep 23, 2020, 3:11 PM GMT+1
Milan Skriniar could be the answer to Spurs' defensive problems
Milan Skriniar could be the answer to Spurs' defensive problems | Silvia Lore/Getty Images

Tottenham are in 'formal discussions' over the signing of Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar.

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The 25-year-old made 42 appearances for the Nerazzurri last season but faded out of the first team picture somewhat after the coronavirus enforced lockdown.

Skriniar loves a big tackle
Skriniar loves a big tackle | MIGUEL MEDINA/Getty Images

Spurs are looking to bolster their defensive options with their current centre-backs, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez all enduring poor starts to the season. Their ranks have also been weakened by the departure of Belgium international Jan Vertonghen in the summer, while Japhet Tanganga is injured.

One possible solution to Spurs' defensive woes could be long-term target Skriniar. According to, the club have entered talks with Inter over a deal but negotiations are a long way from being finalised.

The Serie A side are understood to want in excess of £50m for the defender who also has experience stepping into midfield when required. Spurs can not afford the deal without selling several first-team players first. Danny Rose, Juan Foyth and even Dele Alli have all been linked with moves away and these three departures would land a hefty windfall.

Dele Alli's Spurs future is uncertain
Dele Alli's Spurs future is uncertain | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

A cheaper defensive option could be Beijing Guoan's Kim Min-jae. Earlier this month, 90min reported that Tottenham were considering a move for the South Korean on the recommendation of his international teammate Son Heung-min. However, they were recently joined in the race for 'The Monster's' services by Leicester.

Meanwhile, Spurs' pursuit of Napoli frontman Arkadiusz Milik is winding down. Mourinho has long been interested in strengthening his striking options with Harry Kane currently the only fully fit, natural number nine in the squad.

Milik saw a move to Roma fall through recently but it is understood that Spurs remain unlikely to move for the Poland international during the current transfer window. Tottenham have also been linked with Manchester United's Jesse Lingard and VfL Wolfsburg target man Wout Weghorst.