Inter Milan defender receives interest from Liverpool and Tottenham.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in signing Inter central defender Milan Skriniar according to a report from ESPN.
Following Virgil van Dijk’s injury, which will keep him out for the rest of this season, the reigning Premier League champions, Liverpool, find themselves with a lack of cover at the back and Skriniar is among their list of targets for the upcoming January transfer window.
One area where Tottenham needed to improve this season was at centre back. Jan Vertonghen left the north London side after his contract expired, with Jose Mourinho deciding to bring in youngster Joe Rodon from Swansea City as a centre back option.
Tottenham’s chief centre back target for the summer, however, was Milan Skriniar. Having fallen out of Conte’s plans last season, Inter Milan were ready to let go of their star man provided a suitable bid was on the table.
The negotiations continued the whole summer between both the clubs but a suitable deal could not be done.
Spurs were hoping to get a cut-price deal this January for the defender who has only played 2 games this season, but with Liverpool now reportedly interested in the 25-year-old Slovak, it could prove difficult for Tottenham to get the deal over the line.
Both the teams have been poor defensively this season with individual errors letting them down.
Liverpool, due to their injury problems, are playing their academy defenders while Jose Mourinho has decided to play Eric Dier as a centre back hoping to fill Vertonghen’s void in the heart of the defence.
Inter have reportedly set a 60 million euros (54m pounds) asking price on the player according to Calciomercato, so any deal would be quite expensive for both the teams.
It will no doubt be interesting to see if either Liverpool or Tottenham do indeed bring in Skriniar. Come January, whoever gets him will be very happy, as a player like Skriniar would definitely be a huge upgrade over the current choices both the teams possess.
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