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.



  1. Forget the names mentioned as please get Kim the Korean defender, he’s a real beast and 5hat is what we need. His work rate is phenomenal and he’s also young at a good price though COYS

  2. Agreed Saleem. Having watched Kim twice in China, he is very good with the ball, is fast and is strong as well. I don’t think his extraction would be too difficult because it’s not a lot of money. Most importantly the guy needs to get out of the Chinese league. In both games I watched him, he just seemed a league above most of the other players. I think he also realizes it because at times he looked bored, as Being tends to dominate most teams in that league.

    Why spend mega-bucks on Skriniar whom is soooo complicated to extract from a team that seems more difficult than Spurs with which to work (Eriksen’s move was way too protracted)? Get Kim in and our defense is set for competing in 4 competitions without overusing any players.


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