Tottenham eyeing move for pricey defensive machine

Milan Skriniar vs Dortmund

Tottenham may not have won a trophy this season but they did finish above Arsenal.

For Spurs fans, that will have brought a huge degree of satisfaction - this was easily their worst campaign in a long time.

Mauricio Pochettino may have been given the boot, but that didn't stop the Lilywhites from beating their fiercest rivals 2-1 a few weeks ago, a result that eventually proved crucial in finishing sixth.

The Europa League beckons next term for Jose Mourinho and co, but they face a tough battle in the transfer market to improve their squad.

Spurs recently acquired a loan of £175m, suggesting that spending huge sums will be unlikely in the window.

For a club that desperately needs to do more to bridge the gap to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, this is not good news. 

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles Mourinho needs to overcome is the future of Tanguy Ndombele.

Ndombele

The Frenchman, so it's claimed, has told the club that he never wants to play under the current manager again.

His playing days appear to be away from north London just a year after signing from Lyon, and a deal could be struck with Inter Milan.

According to The Guardian and Fabrizio Romano, Tottenham are in talks to sell the midfielder to Inter. 

Spurs want a fee of £45m but it's thought the Serie A club are unwilling to go that high. Consequently, the north Londoners want a swap deal involving Milan Skriniar.

The defender has been valued as highly as €60m (£51.4m) this summer.

Milan Skriniar

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

If Daniel Levy pulled this off, it would be an absolute masterstroke. 

Not only would he get rid of a player who simply doesn't want to be in London anymore, but he'd sign a defender capable of easily improving their backline. 

Skriniar is an elegant defender, one capable of winning as many as 2.5 tackles per game in Europe. He knows how to get stuck in but his passing is a joy to watch, completing 91.1% in all competitions this season.

Milan Skriniar

Though, one of the most fascinating details of his career to date is the way he's been compared to a great defender of days gone by. 

In analysis about the centre-back in 2017, ESPN writer Michael Yokhin claimed some pundits thought of Skriniar as the next Alessandro Nesta. Fine praise indeed for a player who is still only 25.

Spurs have shipped as many as 48 goals with Mourinho at the helm so they clearly need more defensive help. With Jan Vertonghen departing on a free transfer, that's now even more evident.

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