Journalist Paul Brown has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have eyed Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar as a target on several occasions over the last few years.
Plenty has been written about Skriniar’s future over the last few weeks, with the centre-back’s current contract at the San Siro running out next summer (Transfermarkt).
FCInterNews reported earlier this month that Spurs could look to swoop for the Slovak in January if he does not agree on a new deal with Inter before then.
The Sun subsequently claimed last week that Antonio Conte’s could face competition from Manchester City and Chelsea for the defender’s signature.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported over the weekend that the Inter hierarchy are in contact with Skriniar’s entourage regarding a new contract.
However, the report asserted that if the centre-back does not sign a new deal, the Nerazzurri would be willing to sell him for a fee of around €20m-€25m (£18.1m-£22.7m) in January to avoid losing him for free in the summer.
Brown has now said that the 27-year-old’s plans for his future remain unclear, when asked about Tottenham’s interest in Skriniar.
He told GiveMeSport: “He’s someone that Spurs have looked at under several managers, and he’s had chances to move to the Premier League, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t happened yet.
“If he still wants to play in this country, he’s certainly going to get chances again because there will be other clubs who may take a look into it on a free as he’ll become massively attractive to more than just the usual suspects when the top clubs are looking for a defender.
“But I don’t think his situation is clear really at all. It may be that he decides to stay where he is, or stay or stay in Italy at least, so I think we’ll have to let that one play itself out.”
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If Inter felt that there was a big risk of Skriniar not signing a new deal, they would have cashed in on him in the summer, especially given their financial situation. So, I suspect that the Serie A club are relatively confident that the 27-year-old will put pen to paper on a new contract.
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