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Is Inter Milan looking at the ‘new’ Milan Skriniar?

Reports suggest Nerazzurri eyeing Sampdoria defender.

UC Sampdoria v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A
Giovanni Simeone of Fiorentina and Joachim Andersen of Sampdoria battle for the ball during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 19, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.
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The latest reports surfacing in Europe have Inter Milan linked with Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen.

Several outlets have suggested the Nerazzurri are in the race for the 22-year-old defender along with Arsenal and Juventus. He has also been connected with a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund.

“I know nothing, but if you talk to me about it, maybe it’s because my performance is up to it,” he told reporters.

Atalanta BC v UC Sampdoria - Serie A
Joachim Andersen of UC Sampdoria controls the ball during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on October 7, 2018 in Bergamo, Italy.
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Andersen started play for Midtjylland in his native Denmark before moving to FC Twente in 2013 where he became a first-team player instantaneously. In 2017, Sampdoria capitalized on the Dutch club’s financial difficulties and landed the defender.

Last season, he made just seven Serie A appearances for Sampdoria, but this season he has already played in all eight matches for Marco Giampaolo. Andersen has averaged 1.4 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per match and was featured in Sampdoria’s recent win over Viterbese in the Coppa Italia.

Reports suggest that any team interested in his services will have to pay upwards of €25 million, although Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero joked that the price would be along the lines of €50 million.

“How much is it? Who can say, 50 million minimum,” he said.

With Inter already having the services of Skriniar, it would be difficult for the team to pony up that kind of money for another center-back, although having another quality back may be worth it as Inter progresses through the Champions League and attempts to mount a challenge to Juventus for the Scudetto.

Inter could have an inside track as two of their best players — Skriniar and striker Mauro Icardi — both came from Sampdoria. That said, Sampdoria may be hard-pressed to want to part with one of their best products to a competing team in Serie A.

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