Manchester United and Real Madrid are set to battle for the signing of Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, according to reports.
Slovakian international Skriniar moved to Milan from Sampdoria in 2017 for £30million and has since become one of the most sought-after defenders in European football.
The 25-year-old played every Serie A game in his first season at the club – chipping in with four goals – before missing only four such outings since the start of last term.
The centre-back signed a new four-year deal last summer that expires in 2023 but, according to the Sunday Mirror, Milan have decided to let him leave and cash in this summer.
The newspaper claims that Milan want “around £52.5million” for Skriniar’s signature and while no club has yet offered such money, United and Madrid are keen on signing him.
United bolstered their defence last summer with the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester, but uncertainty remains about the futures of Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.
All three could yet be shown the door by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Swansea’s Joe Rodon also reportedly on the manager’s radar.
Madrid, meanwhile, are looking for a long-term replacement for Sergio Ramos, who turned 34 in March.
Manchester City have also been credited with interest after losing Vincent Kompany at the end of last season before watching Aymeric Laporte struggle with injury this time round.
However, the Sunday Mirror claims that Pep Guardiola’s side have decided against a move.
In other news, Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been told that he has the qualities to succeed at United.
Reports have suggested that Ramsey could be offered to the Red Devils as part of a swap deal to facilitate Paul Pogba’s return to Turin.