Just as both sides were poised to make an announcement of a contract extension, Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has reportedly broken off talks with the club.
The issue is over the annual salary the club is offering.
According to reports from La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter has offered a salary bump to €2.5 million — up from the €1.7 million the Slovakian international is making now.
However, under the advice of his agent Karol Csonto, Skriniar has stopped negotiations with the intent of getting more in the range of €3 million per season.
His current contract runs through 2022 and it does include slight salary increases each year from 2019 until the end of the deal. The new deal would tack on an extra year through 2023.
But, it appears Skriniar is seeking a more solidified salary that is locked in for the duration of the contract.
It comes at the same time the club works on a restructured deal with forward Mauro Icardi.
Because of the team’s qualification for the Champions League, Icardi’s salary went from €4.5 million to €5.3 million this season. However, Icardi is looking for an extension that includes a regular salary between €5 million and €6 million through 2023.
Icardi missed Inter’s last contest — a 3-0 win at Bologna.
While talks with Skriniar have seemed to slowed, negotiations with Icardi appear to be on-going.
Skriniar earns in the lower half of wages for the team — below that of even Borja Valero and Joao Mario, according to our report of the Inter wage bill.
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