Manchester City are preparing a summer move for centre-back Milan Skriniar, according to a report.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim that City are serious about signing Inter Milan’s Slovakian defender in the summer and his arrival will mean they will be prepared to allow Vincent Kompany to move on.
City captain Kompany, 32, has fallen behind John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and new £57million signing Aymeric Laporte in the central defensive pecking order at The Etihad, but he has been adamant that a move away is not in his thinking.
“That’s not even a debate,” said Kompany, whose injury problems have seen him miss large parts of the last few seasons.
If you’re fit, you have many options and a lot of clubs. If you’re not fit, you don’t have many opportunities and not many clubs.
“If I stay fit, I’ll want to play football at City. And if I’m not fit, I won’t have other options.
“I don’t know if I could muster the same motivation elsewhere.”
The report claims City will make a €25million bid for Skriniar, but considering he was a €23million recruit from Sampdoria in July 2017, his price tag will be significantly higher should Inter decide to sell him.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have all made enquiries about Skriniar, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with his agent claiming Inter would not sell him for double the price they paid for him last summer.
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has described Skriniar, who has played every minute of all 23 Serie A games so far, as “unsellable”.
In December, Mundo Deportivo claimed the Barcelona were watching Skriniar as they were keen to improve their defensive options.
And asked about the interest from Barca, Skriniar told Sport.sk: “I’m an Inter player, and I do not talk about transfers. Barça is always Barça, but I do not say anything: I’m at Inter and I’m very happy.”