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From Italy: Inter Milan reject £43.7m bids from Manchester City and Barcelona for star man

Serie A club Inter Milan have knocked back offers of around €50million (£43.7million) from Manchester City and Barcelona for star defender Milan Škriniar, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed.

The Slovakian international was strongly linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s side late last year, but after the club-record signing of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in January, speculation died down.

The claim from Italy though, is that both City and Barcelona have put offers of €50million on the table of Inter’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, for a player Inter invested €35million in just a year ago.

However, a €15million profit isn’t enough to convince the Nerazzurri and Ausilio has rejected both offers, the famous Gazzetta dello Sport goes on to report.

This story should be taken with some scepticism, with reports from the UK press insistent that City will not bring in another centre-back this summer, and even if plans change, Ajax youngster Matthijs de Ligt is the one City are thought to have earmarked to be Vincent Kompany’s long-term successor.

It’s quite possible that Inter are fishing for suitors, with the club set to miss out on Champions League football if they don’t beat Lazio at the weekend. Luciano Spalletti’s side will reportedly target Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan if they do overcome Lazio, so don’t be surprised to read some Gündogan-Škriniar swap deal rumours from the imaginative Italian press in the event of that happening.

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