Tottenham failed to complete Milan Skriniar transfer as Inter wanted Daniel Levy revenge

Tottenham were reportedly unable to negotiate down the asking price for Milan Skriniar as Inter Milan were not keen to give Daniel Levy a discount following Christian Eriksen’s switch back in January. Jose Mourinho and Levy had a clear plan during the summer transfer window to target certain positions.

Improvements were made on both sides of defence with Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon coming in.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also joined to add some steel to Tottenham’s midfield with Eric Dier dropping into a more regular role at centre-back.

The marquee signing came in the form of Gareth Bale’s return on loan from Real Madrid for the season.

And Mourinho finally got his wish of bringing in a second striker with Carlos Vinicius joining on loan from Benfica.

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It was almost the perfect transfer window, only for their hunt for a centre-back to fall short.

Skriniar was the club’s top target and reports suggested the defender was keen on a move to north London.

Spurs weren’t willing to meet Inter’s £55million asking price though and it appears as though they had little chance of negotiating that price any further.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Inter seemingly took the position that Levy took on Eriksen back in January.

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The Spurs chairman refused to budge on his £17m asking price for the Denmark international, despite the midfielder entering the final six months of his contract.

Inter eventually agreed to pay the full amount to sign Eriksen, but that ultimately worked against Levy in negotiations for Skriniar.

It is claimed the Italian side made a point of taking the same stance as Levy when it came to Skriniar’s possible move.

Inter were said to be willing to accept £45m plus add-ons, but that was as far as they were willing to go.

Tottenham ultimately decided against meeting those demands and have now turned their attention to Swansea defender Joe Rodon.

Recent reports have suggested Spurs are keen to push through a deal, with the domestic window open until October 16.

But they face competition from Leicester as well with Brendan Rodgers keen to bolster his backline.

Swansea are said to be demanding close to £20m for the Wales international.

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