Tottenham could fulfil Jose Mourinho’s wish ahead of the final day of the summer transfer window by landing his favourite player.
Tottenham Hotspur had a successful week in the transfer market as they managed to land Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid. The duo will give Jose Mourinho a much-needed squad depth which he will need in order to compete in the cup competitions, Europa League, and the all-important top-four berth in the Premier League.
With two signings already having been made, the former Manchester United boss has now requested a couple more. Harry Kane is the only consistent scorer that the manager has at his disposal, so an out-and-out striker is one that he is after. Also, Mourinho wants to sign a central defender keeping in mind his team’s issues with keeping clean sheets.
Daily Mail has reported that the north Londoners are exploring the prospect of signing Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar. The young defender is a world-class player and has caught Mourinho’s eye since his days at Old Trafford. Skriniar has fallen out of favour with Antonio Conte after failing to settle into his unique system but his quality remains supreme.
Milan Skriniar would be sold by Inter Milan and the Serie A giants will demand 55 million pounds for his services. The Italian outfit has already signed Arturo Vidal from Barcelona thereby ruling out any chances of a swap deal that could see Tanguy Ndombele go the other way. In hindsight, Spurs’ only option remains a transfer by paying full cash.
Given the current situation that the world is in and uncertainty over when club revenues would be back to normal, the price quoted by Inter Milan could be seen as a steep amount by Tottenham chief Daniel Levy. The 58-year-old is usually a firm negotiator but with an equally shrewd board in the opposite chair, bargaining for his target may be difficult.
Spurs certainly are in dire need of a central defender and the Slovenia international promises to be a solid addition. In spite of a hefty price, Skriniar will be a player that enjoys playing in Mourinho’s system of a low-block defence and help the Lilywhites’ cause of keeping the opposition at bay more often than they recently have.
The 25-year-old possesses all the qualities that one looks for in a central defender. His physical exploitation of the rival, as well as calmness in the ball, prove to be the major assets in an otherwise well-rounded player. He will have a regular role next to Toby Alderweireld considering that Jan Vertonghen is no more at the club, which may be enough to move.
For the time being, Mourinho has made other players adapt to being makeshift central defenders and in recent fixtures, he has employed the likes of Eric Dier as part of the back four. Davinson Sanchez continues to be in his manager’s plans but whether he will be trusted in some of the most important fixtures remains doubtful.