Report: Spurs intensify talks for rumoured Tanguy Ndombele swap deal

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Reports from Italy indicate that Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan have intensified talks over a swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele and Milan Skriniar.

The deal was first mooted as a possibility last week, with Inter said to be keen to offer Ndombele an exit route from Spurs after a disappointing first season at the club (The Guardian).

It was claimed that Jose Mourinho was an admirer of Skriniar and wanted to sign the centre-back to help bolster the Spurs defence (Sky Sports Italia via Sempre Inter).

Tuttosport (as relayed by Sport Witness) now report that two clubs are in talks but that there is still some way to go before a deal could be struck.

It is claimed that Antonio Conte has fallen out with Skriniar and has thus decided to cash in on the central defender this summer in order to raise funds for his targets.

The report suggests that the Inter boss has reservations about the Slovak’s defending, as well as his ability to play out from the back.

However, it is said that the 25-year-old’s future would depend on whether Conte stays at the club as the Nerazzurri may decide to hang on to Skriniar if the former Chelsea boss leaves this summer.

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I was initially surprised to read that Inter would be open to selling Skriniar, given how well the Slovak has played for the last few years. However, Conte is known to fall out with his players quite regularly and that seems to be what has happened again. We need to take advantage of the opportunity and snap up the Slovak if we can. Ndombele does not seem to be in Mourinho’s plans anyway and looks like he is keen to leave. We need to bring in another central defender this summer and Skriniar’s attributes can potentially make him an excellent fit for the Premier League.

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