Making it clear they need a centre-back, Tottenham have gone out of their way to make a strong push for Inter’s Milan Škriniar.

The Slovakia international appears to be José Mourinho’s express desire before the end of the transfer window, but with talks stalling somewhat due to the Serie A side’s demands for their defender, it isn’t surprising to see Daniel Levy trying his luck elsewhere.

We say this because there’s been a claim in Italy that Spurs have seen a bid rejected by AS Roma for Roger Ibañez, who arrived on an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy last January from Atalanta.

The fee for their purchase was set at €10m, and it’s believed Tottenham, wanting the Brazilian as soon as possible, decided to put forward €25m to try and convince the Serie A side to spend the €10m immediately and make a quick €15m profit.

That’s what Il Messaggero are reporting on Tuesday, and that’s all the information they give us.

Then again, it’s all the information we need, and it remains to be seen whether Tottenham, if their efforts for Škriniar prove fruitless, return with an improved offer down the line for the 21-year-old.