By Danny Wright
Inter Milan are not willing to let Tottenham target Jeison Murillo leave the San Siro this summer, according to a report.
Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato claims that the Serie A side are in the belief that they will not be able to replace the 25-year-old defender without spending more than his £11.8million valuation.
As well as Spurs, Arsenal are also said to have the 25-times Colombia international on their radar, and it is understood that he is looking to force a move away from Inter.
However despite the Nerazzurri’s reluctance to sell, it is understood that Murillo has held talks with Valencia manager Marcelino over a potential move to the Mestalla.
Murillo saw his role in the Inter first-team diminish towards the end of last season, as he appeared just six times in the final 12 matches of the campaign.
The signing of Milan Skriniar has also added extra competition for places in the heart of the Inter defence, meaning that Murillo could be facing the prospect of slipping further down the pecking order.
This details in the report are no doubt a major blow for Spurs, who are yet to make a single addition to their squad since last season ended, despite seeing a number of players leave including Kyle Walker and Federico Fazio.
Football Insider Verdict
Spurs need to start getting busy this summer, otherwise they could be left embarrassed by yet another Champions League group stage exit and a potential failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is brilliant, but away from the starting line-up there isn’t a lot of quality. One area that is perhaps one of his least concerns is centre-back, where there is extra cover from players like Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer. Spurs really need a new right-back, striker and attacking midfielder, because injuries to Kieran Trippier, Harry Kane and Dele Alli could see their whole season unhinged within a few matches. Murillo would be a decent signing, especially at £11.8million, but he simply should no be a priority.