Manchester City maintain an interest in Inter Milan defenders Alessandro Bastoni and Milan Skriniar as they eye a triple raid on the Serie A club, reports claim.
While they may have been excluded from the Champions League for the next two seasons, Man City are still eyeing transfer targets that can help them bridge the gap with Liverpool, who hold a 25-point lead over them in the Premier League.
One key area where City may require reinforcements is at centre-back, with Vincent Kompany not having been replaced following his departure last summer – a decision that forced Pep Guardiola to drop midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri into defence at times.
According to Tuttosport (via FCInterNews), City now have their eyes on two Inter Milan defenders to help fill the void – with Bastoni and Skriniar the pair in question.
Skriniar will be the more familiar name to most, with the Slovakian defender having been linked with a Premier League move for a few years.
Bastoni, meanwhile, is younger than his teammate, but is also capable of playing at a high level – having kept Manchester United target Diego Godin out of the team at Inter on several occasions this season.
The fact that Bastoni is left-footed may appeal to City, as they do not have anyone else who favours that side to cover for Aymeric Laporte.
Skriniar, on the other hand, would likely prove to be a solid partner for the Spaniard – and such a move could accelerate Inter’s offer to Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
The third Inter player who continues to be linked with City is Lautaro Martinez, as the striker attracts interest from all over Europe.
City are concerned that Gabriel Jesus may leave this summer, forcing them to look for someone else to be the long-term successor to Sergio Aguero.
That man may not be Martinez yet, though, as he is said to want to move to Barcelona instead.