Report reveals Spurs’ relationship with European giant took a hit after failed summer transfer

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Daniel Levy
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FC Inter News have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur’s relationship with Inter Milan was left dented by the protracted negotiations for Milan Skriniar during the summer transfer window.

The Slovakian international was linked heavily with a move to North London during the transfer window, with the defender’s agent even being pictured in Italy with Tottenham’s technical performance director Steve Hitchen (Gianluca Di Marzio).

However, the deal failed to materialise before the European transfer window closed, with Spurs instead turning their attention to Swansea City defender Joe Rodon.

FC Inter News now revealed that while Inter were demanding €50m (£43m) for the central defender, the North Londoners refused to bid above €30m-35m (£26.5m – £31m) as they tried to take advantage of the Italian giants’ need for cash.

This is said to have annoyed the Inter hierarchy, whose relationship with Tottenham was already strained from the Christian Eriksen transfer earlier in the year.

It is claimed that the Nerazzurri offered €15m (£13.2m), plus €5m (£4.4m) in bonuses for Eriksen, who only had just five months left to run on his contract in North London but Tottenham were insistent on pocketing €20m (£17.7m) for the midfielder.

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