Manchester United credited with an interest in Slovakian defender


Manchester United have been named as a club interested in signing Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar according to reports. The Slovakian defender has had a good season for the Nerazzurri so far which has reportedly seen attention from Barcelona, Real Madrid, United and Manchester City. Skriniar’s agent, Karol Csonto, has even suggested that one of the mentioned clubs had put in a £57 million offer for the player, which was rejected as Inter cannot afford to lose the player at this stage of the season.

Csonto has insisted that Skriniar would not be leaving Inter in this transfer window but a move could be sanctioned in the summer, if there was agreement in a suitable fee and add-ons, which could see Inter receive a hefty amount of money plus an option of receiving more if the buying club and Inter were able to agree on add-ons. Csonto had spoken to the media about the offer which was on the table and seemingly rejected by Inter with The Sun reporting the representative, said:

“I knew he would never leave in this window, but I can confirm that big clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the two Manchester clubs are interested. And I can also add that one of these clubs has made a £57million bid for him. Inter rejected it, telling me that they can’t afford to lose their defender now.”

Adding to the speculation as to whether Skriniar would be allowed to leave the Serie A club in the summer, Csonto commented:

“I can’t really say, but there are still a lot of months and a lot can happen.”

The 22-year-old joined Inter from Sampdoria in the summer, despite strong interest from La Liga club Atletico Madrid, with the Slovakian having a strong season and being one of Inter’s best players currently. Skriniar has played every minute of the Serie A season so far, scoring three goals for his club in the process. Looking at the four clubs who have been credited with an interest in Skriniar, both City and Barcelona have brought in a defender this winter with City signing Aymeric Laporte by activating his £57 million release clause and Barcelona signing Yerry Mina.

Looking at the £57 million which has reportedly been offered by one of the four clubs, it being the same as the release clause paid to Athletic Bilbao for Laporte, I do wonder if he was a backup option for the Frenchman if City were unable to pull off the deal, or perhaps one of the other clubs decided to offer a similar fee based on what the going rate is for defenders in the current market, possibly hoping that a deal could be done. There is nothing to suggest this offer had been made by United or even if Jose Mourinho is seeking a new defender this month.

Currently, United have Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Daley Blind as the clubs experienced defenders. Axel Tuanzebe, a player looking to earn his place in Mourinho’s squad next season has headed out on loan with Aston Villa, which would have seen United have seven players who would contend for two or three places in a team, depending on what formation was being played by the manager. Mourinho and United may well have been testing the water for a move in the summer, so could all of the other clubs though.

This season, Skriniar has played 22 times in Serie A and has three goals to his name. He holds a passing accuracy of 91%, which is very good, averaging around 18 metres per pass. The Slovakian wins half of his duels also averaging at least seven defensive actions per match. In an attacking sense, Skriniar has created five chances for his teammates this season, which shows his ability going forward, despite it not being his strongest attribute. Skriniar does seem to be a player who would attract the biggest clubs in the world with United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

I am unsure as to whether a player like him would fit into Manchester City’s budget though!

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