Journalist says Tottenham are ‘loosely in the race’ for 27-year-old defender

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CBS Sports Golazo reporter Ben Jacobs has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are ‘loosely in the race’ to sign Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar. 

Spurs were heavily linked with a move for Inter’s Alessandro Bastoni earlier this summer (Football.London) but the centre-back’s agent ruled out the possibility of his client leaving the San Siro back in June (Football Italia).

Bastoni’s Inter teammate Skriniar has also been linked with a move to the North London club, with Il Messaggero reporting last month that Antonio Conte’s men were battling Paris Saint-Germain for the Slovak, who the Nerazzurri were allegedly ready to cash in on.

CalcioMercato claimed last week that Chelsea are about to enter the race for the 27-year-old after missing out on Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

The report asserted that the Blues, as well as PSG, were willing to pay €50m (£41.9m) for Skriniar, who was said to be valued by Inter at €70m (£58.7m).

Jacobs has now said that Tottenham continue to have their eye on the Inter centre-back, heading into the final few weeks of the transfer window.

The journalist told The Last Word On Spurs YouTube channel: “Centre-back could be another priority area where Tottenham look to strengthen. Skriniar is another option though and Tottenham are loosely in the race. 

“The good news for Spurs and Chelsea with Skriniar is that Inter I think will eventually have to sell somebody big and PSG for now have cooled their interest. That’s one to watch before the end of the window.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Tottenham are likely to be in the market for a right centre-back to replace Rodon and Tanganga. However, I doubt we would £50m-plus on a player who would essentially be Romero’s backup. I expect us to go for a cheaper option like Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.

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