Manchester City have reportedly joined the ever-growing list of clubs interested in the services of Inter’s Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar.
The Premier League champions, like Tottenham and Chelsea, have committed themselves to the Serie A defender and could make a move to centre-back.
Skriniar’s current deal at Giuseppe Meazza expires at the end of the 2022/23 season and after several seasons of snooping, some of Europe’s top sides are sure to make a move.
The 27-year-old will bid farewell to Inter, where he has played his football since arriving from fellow Italian Sampdoria in 2017, as he will be able to speak to clubs outside of Italy from January.
And Simone Inzaghi’s side face an uphill battle, with the financial powerhouses of the Premier League – and PSG – all flexing their considerable muscles to go after their man.
But it’s not quite an open case. Long-time fans of Skriniar, Chelsea have just spent £108million on Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana and the French champions have reportedly already turned down multiple offers.
Le Parisians had reportedly turned down an offer worth £43million, with the Italian giants keen to keep the player for another season, even at the risk of losing him for nothing in 2023.
And City looked to the Bundesliga to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji on transfer deadline day as the fifth centre-back in an already star-studded squad.
It was believed that Pep Guardiola’s main goal for 2023 was to strengthen his midfield, with Bernardo Silva linked with a move to Barcelona.
But interest in the Slovakia defender suggests otherwise and the Sanpedor boss has been vocal about bringing in another centre-back, with Nathan Ake being linked with a move on several occasions last summer.
Another Premier League rival for Skriniar is Spurs, whose manager Antonio Conte won the Serie A title in 2020-21, and the prospect of rekindling what is clearly a fruitful relationship could prove hard to beat.
However, the chance of playing under Guardiola – widely regarded as the greatest tactician in modern football – could be too strong to ignore a player entering the prime of his career and looking to add more titles to his haul.