Antonio Conte’s arrival at Inter Milan didn’t go well for the career of Milan Skriniar, who has seen himself go from easily one of the club’s most important players, to someone very much available for transfer.

The manager just doesn’t rate the defender as highly as his predecessors did, and on Saturday he made it clear a transfer is possible if a reasonable offer arrives.

That’s where Tottenham come in and a move will depend on each’s club definition of Skriniar’s true value. TMW report Jose Mourinho’s side are ‘ready to formulate a new offer’ for the player, but the bid is expected to be lower than what Inter are looking for.

With the Serie A club aiming for €50-55m, it’s stated Tottenham will offer a loan with a purchase obligation set at €40m, which is just another way to spread out the cost of a permanent transfer.

TMW say it’s now over to Inter, who will need to decide whether that represents a high enough figure for them. The chance of it being accepted isn’t dismissed, so maybe there’s some hope for Spurs here.