Tottenham step up pursuit of Serie A colossus as talks begin

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Tottenham Hotspur could be a force to be reckoned with this term.

After a season in which the club hugely underperformed, efforts have been doubled to get things back on track this term.

A sixth place finish last term simply wasn't good enough and that's why the target this term is on finishing in the top four and winning some silverware.

With Jose Mourinho in charge of the club, Spurs have every chance of doing just that.

But they will need to strengthen.

Tottenham have brought in five players so far this summer, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty first through the door.

They were followed by Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale who arrived in north London in a stunning double deal that caught everyone offguard.

But it seems that Mourinho is still targeting further additions.

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One position that he's keen to strengthen is in the centre of defence.

The club are short of options following Jan Vertonghen's decision to leave the club at the end of last season, and that means that Spurs are looking for another dominant figure at the back.

Well it seems that they might have found their man.

Reports from Football London have claimed that Tottenham are in formal discussions over a move for Milan Skriniar.

The Inter Milan defender is regarded as 'a long-time target' for Spurs who are keen to get a deal done.

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Valued at £45million by Transfermarkt, the 25-year-old could be available for a move after seemingly falling down the pecking order under Antonio Conte.

A defender who can play all along the back line and in midfield, it's said that Inter would be looking for a fee upwards of £50million to get a deal done.

Whether Spurs can match that valuation, however, is very much up for debate.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

What a deal this would be for Tottenham Hotspur.

Milan Skriniar is a player of undoubted quality who is capable of being a game-changing addition for Spurs.

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Unfortunately it seems that a deal could be too costly.

£50million is a significant sum to pay for a player in the current market, and an amount that Tottenham seem unlikely to stretch to.

Of course there's an argument that Skriniar could be the sort of signing to really solidify Jose Mourinho's defence.

But can they find a middle ground in his asking price? That's the big question.

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