Report: Mourinho desperate for £55m star from Tottenham, he is now number one target
Sam PrestonDecember 1, 2020
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ESPN Potential business for Tottenham in the January transfer window has been reported.
They claim Inter defender Milan Skriniar is Mourinho’s number one defensive target.
Reports suggest the Slovakian defender will cost £55m, but that has not disappointed the Portuguese boss.
Obviously, a summer move is more likely, but Daniel Levy’s January move is not ruled out.
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Tottenham signed Joe Roden in the latest transfer window, but he is more for the future.
Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld have become first choices, but the latter is now 31 years old.
Devinson Sanchez’s progress has stalled, so it’s understandable that Mourinho wants a central defender.
£55m would be a significant investment in January, especially in the current climate.
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But Daniel Levy is backing Mourinho in the transfer market, which is one reason why they are now at the top of the league.
If Levy pressed the button on a midseason signing like Skriniar, it would have been a surprise — and certainly outdated.
Even if Tottenham have to wait until next summer, he’s still a fantastic signing, and not a ridiculous price, considering Liverpool and Manchester United have been paying much more recently for a defender.
Mourinho is clearly a fan and remains keen on the player despite Tottenham proving unable to reach a deal to bring Skriniar to north London in the summer.
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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.
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