Milan Skriniar is attracting heavyweight suitors and Fabrizio Romano has shed light on the interest levels of Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City, as well as naming the frontrunner.
The Slovakia international remains one of Serie A’s most formidable centre-halves. He endured a rare shocker in Inter’s surprise defeat to Udinese on Sunday. However, that sub-par performance was very much an outlier compared to his full body of work.
At 27, he is in the prime of his career and Inter are having trouble tying him down to fresh terms.
His contract at the San Siro expires next summer, meaning he’d be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs come January 1.
Inter are determined to retain their centre-back and hope an extension will be signed. However, a disagreement over the financial terms Inter have proposed thus far has resulted in an impasse.
That’s led to rampant speculation he could be on the move.
Indeed, PSG remain very much interested after seeing two summer bids worth £43.6m (€50m) and £47.9m (€55m) knocked back, according to L’Equipe.
Man City, Chelsea, Spurs… or PSG?
Three of England’s biggest hitters have also been mentioned by various outlets too. Man City were named before they signed Manuel Akanji.
Chelsea’s recruitment drive at centre-half predictably saw Skriniar emerge on their radar. Tottenham, meanwhile, are managed by Skriniar’s former boss Antonio Conte and summer signing Clement Lenglet only arrived on loan.
Now, writing for Caught Offside, Fabrizio Romano detailed the interest levels of the three English sides. However, he stressed the frontrunner to sign Skriniar at present is PSG.
“There’s a lot of talk at the moment of English clubs,” wrote Romano. “But my understanding is that the most interested in Milan Skriniar remains Paris Saint-Germain.
“Manchester City and Spurs have not made any proposal or approach, while Chelsea were focused on signing Wesley Fofana this summer.”
Where will Skriniar end up?
Either remaining at Inter or moving to Paris appears to be Skriniar’s two likeliest outcomes at present.
Man City signed Akanji from Borussia Dortmund, bringing their centre-back tally to five.
Aside from the Switzerland international, Pep Guardiola can also call upon Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nathan Ake.
A move to the Etihad looks a virtual non-starter, while Chelsea have already invested heavily in Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly.
As such, if Skriniar were to grace the Premier League, Tottenham looks his best bet.
He is fully accustomed to playing in a back three at Inter and that is Conte’s system of choice.
Skriniar was an integral part of Conte’s backline that anchored Inter to Serie A glory in his final season there.
Furthermore, Lenglet was only signed on loan, meaning Spurs may be back in the centre-back market next summer.
One issue in that regard would centre on where Skriniar would play, however.
Eric Dier and Cristian Romero are Tottenham’s two most reliable centre-backs at present. However, both they and Skriniar are right-footed, meaning someone would have to play out of position on the left of the three.