Tottenham are ‘still in the running’ for Inter Milan midfielder Matías Vecino this summer but will have to pay big to secure his signature.
The Uruguayan was heavily linked with a move away from the Serie A side in January after falling out of favour under Antonio Conte.
However, he ultimately ended up staying at the club as Conte elected to keep him and use him for the title run-in rather than signing a replacement.
His future at the club is still uncertain, though, with Corriere dello Sport reporting that it remains to be seen if he stays at the club in the summer.
Should Conte decide to let him go, Tottenham will be among his suitors having tried to include him in the deal for Christian Eriksen in January.
At the time they asked for €20m plus Vecino for the Danish midfielder, which Inter refused, instead negotiating a deal that did not include Vecino.
However, that is a price they are now likely to look for in the summer, with it explained they would only be willing to sell the 28-year-old under ‘favourable conditions’. Or, as Corriere put it for ‘a lot of money’.
They have no intention to ‘discount’ Vecino and will look to make as much as possible, with it even suggested they will push for a €35m valuation, as they could have got that for him two years ago.
Whether Tottenham would be willing to do business at that price is debatable. José Mourinho may want reinforcements, and Vecino is undoubtedly a player who would fit into his style, but it’s a high price for a 28-year-old with little re-sale value.
Daniel Levy may think there is better value to be had elsewhere and Inter would do well to consider that before putting too high a price on their man.