Journalist claims Spurs like 27-year-old defender more than Stefan de Vrij 

Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas has revealed that Tottenham would prefer to sign Milan Skriniar over his Inter Milan teammate Stefan de Vrij.

Skriniar and De Vrij played a pivotal role for Antonio Conte’s title-winning Inter side back in 2020-21 but both players’ futures are up in the air, with their current contracts at the San Siro running out at the end of the season.

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Both centre-backs have been linked with moves to Spurs over recent months, with De Vrij’s name, in particular, being mentioned repeatedly as a target for the North London club.

Football Insider reported at the start of December that Antonio Conte had already spoken to the Dutchman about a move to Tottenham while Fichajes claimed last week that the Lilywhites were the front-runners to sign the 30-year-old ahead of Atletico Madrid.

Although Skriniar is also said to be on Spurs’ radar, Conte’s men reportedly face a lot more competition for Slovak, who is also allegedly on the radars of Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain (

Thomas has now claimed that the Tottenham head coach ‘likes’ Skriniar more than De Vrij.

The journalist said on the Last Word On Spurs YouTube channel: “De Vrij has worked under Conte before and we know he likes him a lot the right-footer. He’s another good player. There are two right-footers that are good at Inter and I think Skriniar, they like him more than De Vrij.”

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My gut instinct is that Skriniar will eventually put pen to paper on a new deal with Inter while De Vrij is likely to leave as a free agent next summer for one final payday at a different club. I do expect Tottenham to vie for the Dutchman’s signature next summer.

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