Manchester United boosted as Milan Skriniar is yet to agree new contract at Inter Milan; other targets linked to Old Trafford club

Manchester United were linked to Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan earlier this year. There was speculation with the Old Trafford club readying to state their interest in the player during the summer, but nothing materialised, unless you believe that an offer was made, which was rejected by the Italian club, which came from some of the clickbait newspapers around Europe. On Tuesday, Calciomercato published an exclusive about the future of the Slovakian defender.

It has been reported Skriniar has yet to agree on a new deal with the Nerazzurri. According to the Italian source, Skriniar held talks with his club three months ago and nothing has been sorted regarding a new contract. It could be something or nothing. It was reported in the summer that Anthony Martial would not sign a new contract with the Old Trafford club, and recent reports suggest otherwise. Things can change, so this does not confirm United may get their man.

Skriniar currently earns around €1.7 million a season and had demanded around €3 million, with €2.6 million put on the table. Since then, nothing seems to have materialised regarding a new deal for the Slovakian. Obviously, at a club like United, he would receive a massive pay rise, which seems to be the way Ed Woodward conduct business. Some of the players on high wages are not necessarily worth what they are being paid, Phil Jones for example. Woodward seems keen to throw the money in the player’s direction though.

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There is nothing to suggest that Inter Milan would sell Skriniar, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2022, so there is no rush to tie the player down to a new contract, which would probably expire in the summer of 2023, just a year later. However, if the player does not sign a new deal, it could lead to him getting itchy feet and seeking a move elsewhere, possibly to a club who will give him what he thinks he deserves, wages wise.

It is yet to be heard as to whether United are still interested in the player, which may or may not be the case. The club definitely needs to bring in competent defenders, either in January or next summer, especially with the fact that both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will be out of contract in the summer, although rumours surfaced last month suggesting that Smalling could be given a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

Jose Mourinho was reportedly keen to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, but it was confirmed in the media, who were briefed by Woodward, that he did not consider the players the manager was interested in to be much better than the ones the club already had. It was suggested that United were also interested in Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, with a loan deal for the German touted, but seemingly rejected.

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I am sure Mourinho will have other targets to secure his defence, whether it be in January or beyond and after the start to the season, alongside the leaked goals, which after the Chelsea match on Saturday now stands at 18 goals in the opening 12 games of the season – 16 of those conceded in the Premier League alone, of which nine matches have been played so far. Last season, in the entirety of the Premier League season, United conceded just 28 goals.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked to United again recently. He was linked to the club in the summer, but the media suggested it would cost United more than £70 million to secure the services of the Senegalese international. Another name mentioned during the international break was Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic. It has been suggested that the Serbian could cost £40million. It shows that Mourinho has other targets on his mind in order to rebuild United’s defence.

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