Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is looking to strengthen his defensive options this summer and the Sky Blues are expected to approach Inter Milan for centre-back Milan Skriniar when the transfer window opens.
Guardiola decided against signing a centre-back in the last two transfer windows, with the Spaniard happy to rely on defensive midfielder Fernandinho filling in as required.
City have been monitoring Skriniar for quite some time and according to Italian publication CalcioMercato, they are expected to make a new attempt for the Slovakia international in the summer.
Skriniar hasn’t had the best of seasons in boss Antonio Conte’s preferred back-three, but the Nerazzurri still see him as a key part of the club’s immediate and long-term plans.
As a result, the report claims only an offer of around £62million (€70m) to £70m (€80m) would be enough for them to sell their star centre-back.
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Inter signed Skriniar from Sampdoria in 2017 and since then he has gone on to make 118 appearances for them in all competitions.
During his time at the San Siro, he has established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A and City could face competition to sign the defender, with Real Madrid and Barcelona also keeping tabs on the centre-back’s availability.
However, City might look to tempt Inter with a player swap deal to bring Skriniar to the Etihad.
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The report claims the Sky Blues are considering approaching Inter, even if their Champions League ban is upheld.
City face a two-season ban from European club football after being found to have committed “serious breaches” of Uefa’s financial fair play regulations.
However, the Citizens have denied the allegations and have appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
City could include one or two players in a swap deal for Skriniar, to convince Conte to agree to sell the centre-back.
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The former Chelsea boss is still trying to find the best players for his back-three defence and the Italian club could look to keep hold of Skriniar, who last year ago renewed his contract until 2023, if they manage to sell Diego Godin.
The 34-year-old has been tipped to leave the San Siro only one season after joining on a free transfer after running down his contract with Atletico Madrid.
Godin has also struggled to adapt to Conte’s system and his starting place in the team has been challenged by the emergence of 20-year-old Italian defender Alessandro Bastoni who is having a breakout season at Inter.
The Uruguay international has been linked with several clubs, however, Tottenham are seriously considering making a move for the defender as a replacement for Jan Vertonghen.
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