Milan Skriniar is Jose Mourinho’s ‘top defensive target’ but Tottenham are interested in three other centre-backs, according to the London Evening Standard.
The Standard’s report claims Spurs will try to seal a deal Skriniar again this weekend despite so far failing to meet Inter Milan’s valuation of the Slovakian.
But if Tottenham are unable to get Skriniar over the line before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, it is believed the Londoners have three alternatives lined up.
The report says Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, Beijing Guoan’s Kim Min-jae and Juventus’ Merih Demiral are all of interest to Spurs.
Rudiger will apparently only be allowed to join Tottenham on loan if he signs a one-year contract extension with Chelsea first – all in all that one looks like a difficult deal to pull off.
If Skriniar truly is Mourinho’s priority, Spurs may decide against signing an alternative, the risk being that those other players wouldn’t immediately improve upon the squad’s current centre-back options.
Time will tell whether a fee can be agreed for Skriniar – ultimately, Tottenham may be forced to turn their attentions elsewhere.