Speaking recently on the Last Word On Spurs podcast, Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas discussed Tottenham Hostpur’s reported interest in Inter centre-back, Milan Skriniar.
After being heavily linked with a move to Tottenham last summer, Spurs and Inter could not come to an agreement regarding the transfer of Skriniar, resulting in the 25-year-old remaining in Milan.
However, reports have suggested that Tottenham could well reignite their interest in the £45 million-rated Slovakian in the January transfer window, as Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen on adding a top centre-back to his current squad.
Although, speaking on a recent episode of the Last Word On Spurs podcast, Thomas claimed that a deal for the Inter player would be an incredibly hard one to get over the line in the current market.
He said: “Well, I know that the centre-back position is still a priority that they’re looking at – more medium to long-term. Even though they signed Joe Rodon last year, I’ve been told multiple times that they still want to sign another top centre-back. I think if you look at the issues that they have had this season, they have been around centre-back, really, and there have been some question marks over there.
“Skriniar is a top defender, he’s naturally going to be somebody that Tottenham are going to have a serious look at because he’s a top defender. I was told that he was one that Manchester City seriously looked at a few years ago. So, I could definitely see Tottenham revisiting that one in the future when they want to and when they’ve got the financials to go out and sign a top centre-half.
“I think the centre-back issue is something that will be looked at more closely in the summer. I mean, there doesn’t seem to be any real desperate need now, and to go and buy a top centre-half in January is very hard.”
Will Spurs will eventually sign Skriniar?
TIF Thoughts on Lyall Thomas’ comments regarding Milan Skriniar…
From Thomas’ comments, it is clear that the journalist believes that a move from Spurs for Skriniar is not likely to be something that happens this month, as he claims that Tottenham do not currently have the financial capacity to get the deal done.
And, as Thomas also mentions, despite ‘question marks’ in that department, with Tottenham currently having the second-best defensive record in the Premier League so far this season, a move for a new centre-back would indeed not appear to be something that is desperately required in January.