According to a report in Corriere della Sera, Inter Milan are determined to beat Tottenham to the signing of Atalanta centre-back Giorgio Scalvini.

Until recently, reports had indicated that Tottenham were prioritising signing a right wing-back and an attacker during the current transfer window, with the club expected to put off a move for a centre-back until the summer (Football.London).

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However, this appears to have changed over the last few days, with The Sun reporting over the weekend that Antonio Conte also wants reinforcements at centre-back, with Spurs backed to make an offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie.

Another centre-back who has been mooted as a target for the North London club over the last few weeks is Scalvini, who has blossomed since he broke into Atalanta’s starting eleven last season.

Both CalcioMercatoWeb and InterLive claimed last month that Conte is a big fan of the 19-year-old, with the latter even suggesting that he is one of the Spurs boss’ top targets. 

However, Corriere della Sera‘s latest update comes as a blow to Tottenham’s hopes of signing Scalvini, with the publication claiming that Inter will do ‘everything possible’ to sign the Italy international despite facing competition from Spurs.

The report asserts that the Nerazzuri eye the Atalanta star as an insurance option amidst the uncertainty over the future of Milan Skriniar, and add that the youngster’s €40m (£34m) release clause makes him a realistic target for Simone Inzaghi’s side.

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If Inter do push ahead with a big offer for Scalvini, that suggests that the club do not expect Skriniar to extend his contract. So, I do wonder if Spurs would be tempted to submit an offer for Slovak, who Inter will be tempted to sell this window to avoid losing him for free at the end of the season.

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