It was reported earlier this month by calciomercato.com that Manchester City had identified Inter centre-back Milan Škriniar as their next recruit for the centre of defence.
The same Italian source has posted a follow-up story claiming that City’s interest in the impressive 22-year-old Slovakian international, who boasts a 92% pass accuracy rate this season, is now mutual.
Škriniar has emerged as one of Serie A’s best defenders a since his €25million move to the Nerazzurri from Sampdoria in the summer, and that has alerted the wealthy European elite – including City.
According to calciomercato.com, the player’s representatives have approached Inter sporting director, Walter Sabatini, about the possibility of a move from the San Siro to the Etihad.
Inter, with ambitions of their own, would not be keen on selling a player so soon, but City are said to be willing to offer them one of their biggest transfer fees of the last few years, and the Chinese owners are refusing to close the door on a sale.
Stylistically, Škriniar is a near perfect fit for Manchester City. Tall, strong and athletic, he is superb with the ball at his feet and has a 91.6% pass accuracy in Serie A this season. That is marginally higher than Nicolas Otamendi and lower than John Stones, who is the most accurate ball-playing defender in Europe.
Here in England, it is Virgil van Dijk’s name most commonly associated with a move to Manchester, but speculation continues from Italy that Milan Škriniar could be Pep Guardiola’s next defensive recruit.
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