Manchester United have reportedly matched Manchester City’s offer to sign Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar this summer.
The report states United have ‘tabled a €65million (£58m) offer’ for the Slovakia international. That has matched the bid on the table from City.
The 25-year-old has struggled to adapt to a three-man defence under Antonio Conte at Inter. And the report suggests the Nerazzurri will ‘evaluate any offers to understand what is best to do’.
Both United and City favour using a back four, which suits Skriniar’s qualities better – with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also keek on the player.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer parted with big money to sign Harry Maguire last summer. But Victor Lindelof has not always impresed as his partner.
That has prompted the Red Devils to serach for a replacment, with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly also on their radar.
As for City, they have still not replaced the hugely influential figure of Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian left last summer and an early season injury to Aymeric Laporte stretched Guardiola’s resources.
The Etihad outfit appear certain to strengthen defensively. Especially with doubts over the futures of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi as well.
Big problem exists despite Man Utd nearing £60m agreement for Italy star
Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa.
The Italy winger was first mentioned back in May as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho, with United and Chelsea both keen.
Chelsea have, of course, since signed Hakim Ziyech and are also chasing Kai Havertz. United’s interest, however, has always bubbled near the surface.
Chiesa, 22, has scored seven goals and provided three assists for his team-mates in 30 appearances in all competitions this season.
It was reported last month that the Red Devils had made an initial offer of €50m (£45m) for Chiesa.
But while that offer is said to have been rejected, Corriere Fiorentino reports that United are close to upping it. They state United are now willing to match La Viola’s £60m asking price for Chiesa. Read more…