Speaking recently on the Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the situation of Inter Milan centre-back and Tottenham Hotspur target, Milan Skriniar.
Joining Inter from Sampdoria in what was a £30.6 million deal back in 2017, Skriniar has gone on to feature 134 times for the Serie A side, chipping in with four goals and providing four assists along the way.
So far this season, the £45 million-rated centre-back has made five appearances in the Italian top flight, making an average of 1.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per game, culminating in an average WhoScored match rating of 6.72 – ranking him as the club’s 12th-best performer in Serie A.
However, over the summer transfer window, it appeared as if Skriniar could have been on his way out of Antonio Conte’s side, as Spurs made contact with Inter regarding a possible move for the defender.
And, while nothing eventually materialised regarding the transfer over the summer window, Romano claimed on a recent episode of the Here We Go podcast that the centre-back’s situation at the Italian side has not changed, and that he will still be available to purchase in January.
He said: “I think there’s no change because Inter need money. So, if Tottenham arrive tomorrow morning with €50 million, Inter will sell Skriniar.
“So, it’s up to Tottenham. They have to decide if [they want to go] for a top centre-back, or if they’re saving money or going for another player, but for sure, it’s up to Tottenham, it’s up to [Jose] Mourinho and also Skriniar himself.
“So, it’s totally up to Tottenham and to Inter but [between] €50 million [and] €60 million – that’s the price. Not less than €50 million.”
Do you think Spurs need to sign Skriniar in January?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Milan Skriniar…
From Romano’s comments, it is abundantly clear that the journalist believes that Skriniar will be available in the January transfer window, however, it is up to Tottenham as to whether or not they will pay Inter’s asking price for the defender.
However, considering that Spurs failed to do this during the summer transfer window, we have to say, unless the club manage to negotiate with Inter to lower their demands for Skriniar, if we were a Tottenham fan, we would not be holding our breath regarding this potential deal.