Should you want positive news on Milan Skriniar moving to Tottenham, then Gazzetta dello Sport aren’t fulfilling your wishes on Wednesday morning.
The Italian newspaper have an article explaining that despite the defender ‘being given the OK’ to sign for the Premier League club, the transfer is very much on the rocks.
Indeed, the deal is wobbling so much that’s it’s stated the pendulum now swings towards him staying at Inter Milan this season, and presumably trying to convince Antonio Conte he should be a major part of the manager’s plans.
Tottenham have ‘lost track’ of the signing this week, and it’s now ‘increasingly unlikely’ that Spurs and Inter can agree on a transfer fee. Gazzetta say the English club want to pay €30m plus bonuses for the 25-year-old, whereas the Serie A club are looking for €50m.
Given there were multiple Italian reports earlier this window hinting Skriniar could be available for around €40m, the Tottenham stance doesn’t seem too unreasonable.
Inter gave themselves a period of 48 hours, from Sunday evening, to wait for Spurs to return with a better offer. That hasn’t happened, and there’s a suspicion Jose Mourinho’s club could be moving for other targets.
It wouldn’t be unlike Tottenham to be piling this pressure on purposely, only to return with a very slightly improved bid just before the deadline.