Inter Milan have set an asking price of £55m for Milan Skriniar following an enquiry into the defender’s availability from Tottenham.
The north London side are keen to strengthen their centre-back options this summer following an indifferent defensive record since Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager, the Portuguese having already moved to bolster his backline with the captures of full-back duo Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon.
Mourinho’s attentions have now turned the heart of his defence and according to Sky Sports Italia the club have made an approach for Slovakia international Skriniar, a player the Spurs boss previously expressed an interest in during his time at Manchester United.
The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A in recent seasons, but found himself out-of-favour towards the end of last season and Inter are prepared to allow the player to leave should Spurs meeting his £55m asking price.
That figure is unlikely to be matched by the Premier League side but they will open negotiations with Inter in a bid to seal a deal, Mourinho having been unconvinced by his current centre-back options.
Toby Alderweireld has looked a shadow of his former self of late and was dropped for the win at Southampton in favour of Davinson Sanchez, though the Colombian is yet to build on his early promise since moving to English football from Ajax.
Eric Dier is also keen to prove himself at centre-back but lacks pace and mobility, and the arrival of Skriniar could provide Spurs with the solid platform they have lacked in Mourinho’s tenure to date.
Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a potential move for the player, whilst his departure from the San Siro could open the door for Chris Smalling to return to Italy with Inter, the Manchester United defender reportedly amongst the club’s list of potential replacements alongside Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic.