‘Paratici always loved the player’ – Romano provides update on Spurs-linked defender

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Fabrizio Romano has claimed that it will prove difficult for Tottenham to sign Milan Skriniar this summer as Inter Milan’s valuation of the centre-back has now gone up.

Fabio Paratici seems to be prioritising fixing Tottenham’s frailties at centre-back this summer, with the North London club reportedly stepping up their efforts to sign the likes of Jules KoundeTakehiro Tomiyasu and Cristian Romero recently.

Skrinair, who was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham last summer, is another central defender rumoured to be on Paratici’s radar. 

Reports from Italy have backed Spurs to make another assault for the Slovak international after missing out on him 12 months ago.

However, Romano has now revealed that Skriniar’s value has risen considerably on the back of the season he had for Inter last time out, with the 27-year-old playing a key role in the Nerrazuri’s historic Scuddeto win.

When asked whether Spurs could sign Skriniar this summer, the journalist told Matt Hayes’s YouTube channel: “About Skriniar, I am told that it is really, really difficult.

“Paratici always loved the player since he was at another club here in Italy, Sampdoria, before joining Inter, and Paratici has always been looking at this player.

“Tottenham, you know, last summer also wanted him and were trying to sign him.

“So he has always been on the radar, but I am told that it will be really, really difficult because Inter are not accepting €40 or €45 million (£34.52-£38.83m).

“They were negotiating around €50 million (£43.15m) as price-tag last summer, but now Skriker has different value because his season with Antonio Conte was fantastic.”

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I suspect Jose Mourinho was the one who was pushing Skriniar’s case at Spurs last summer. I doubt if the Slovak is at the top of Fabio Paratici’s summer wishlist as the Italian seems to going after up and coming central defenders rather than experienced names.

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