Fabrizio Romano claims Spurs could abandon pursuit of centre-back

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Jose Mourinho
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Transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Jose Mourinho’s sacking could lead to Tottenham Hotspur abandoning their pursuit of Milan Skriniar. 

Skriniar was heavily linked with a move to Spurs last summer, with photographs even showing Tottenham’s transfer chief Steve Hitchen in Milan allegedly holding talks with the Inter star’s agent. 

Tottenham have been backed to make another attempt for the Slovak this summer, who has been in fine form for Antonio Conte’s side over the last few months.

Some sources claimed last month that Jose Mourinho would personally spearhead Tottenham’s attempt to sign the centre-back when the transfer window opens. 

Romano has now stated that it was the Portuguese coach who was driving Spurs’ interest in Skriniar and that the North London club could now look at other options after parting ways with the 58-year-old.

The journalist suggested that while Tottenham have not changed their plans regarding the areas of the squad that need to be strengthened this summer, the club could potentially identify different targets with Mourinho now out of the picture.

Romano said on the Here We Go podcast (as relayed by HITC): “It will change with the names, more than with the positions. I was hearing for example, to give you something behind the scenes. 

“Jose Mourinho was really intentioned to try for Milan Škriniar this summer.

“He wanted Skriniar one year ago, and he wanted Skriniar some weeks ago to go into next season, so he was ready to try again to convince Tottenham to try again for Skriniar, he’s having an amazing season.

“Mourinho wanted to go again for Skriniar, but without Mourinho, Tottenham will go for a CB but maybe it will be a different one with a new manager.

“It won’t change with the positions, they want a centre-back, maybe a striker and let’s see what happens with the wingers, but for sure Skriniar is complicated because it was related to Jose Mourinho.”

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