Tottenham Hotspur emissaries were in Italy on Wednesday to ‘understand the margins’ of the potential negotiations with Inter for signing Milan Škriniar.

Spurs technical director Steve Hitchen was also in Milan yesterday for a transfer ‘blitz’ as the north London club are ‘serious’ about signing the Nerazzurri centre-back, according to Sky Italia.

It’s claimed Hitchen met with the Slovakia international’s agent in ‘recent hours’ to explain the Premier League club’s project.

The Italian club are demanding €60m for the defender, and Spurs have tried to lower the asking price over a telephone conversation.

Hitchen’s trip to Italy would also possibly see the English club’s official hold talks with Inter about lowering the price tag for the 25-year-old. Earlier reports had stated Škriniar could go for as little as €40m, so there’s a good chance of success.

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José Mourinho’s side are not willing to pay €60m for Škriniar. According to the report, they will ‘try to reach an agreement’ for €50m included bonuses, which seems a little high.

Should things progress well in the coming days, Inter will ‘go straight’ for signing Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenković.

Meanwhile, both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport reported today the fee demanded by Antonio Conte’s side for Škriniar is deemed ‘too high’ and is a ‘tough obstacle’ to overcome for Tottenham.