Alessandro Bastoni to Tottenham might be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean Inter’s center backs are safe from the prying hands of the transfer market. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, PSG is heavily interested in Milan Skriniar. The newspaper goes on to say Inter has already rejected a €50 million offer for the Slovakian, whose contract expires in 2023. However, the Nerazzurri expect PSG to improve their offer, though it would take at least €70 million to pry to the 27-year-old away from the Meazza.
Should Inter lose Skriniar (just typing that hurt), Gleison Bremer is the obvious replacement. Inter has already agreed personal terms with the Brazilian but coming to an agreement on the fee with Torino is proving difficult, especially with Inter’s, shall we say, shaky financial situation. Another option is Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic who could likely be procured for just €15 million. Like Skriniar, the Serbian’s contract has just one year left and Fiorentina promised him a transfer last summer. Milenkovic has stagnated of late, however, and is a bit too error prone to be relied on at a top team.
Losing Skriniar would hurt on a number of levels. Few players are as connected with the club as Skriniar and he would be the perfect choice to replace Handanovic as captain, not to mention that he’s one of the best defenders in the league. While Bremer would be the perfect de Vrij replacement, swapping him for Skriniar does nothing to improve the backline. Milenkovic is a clear drop off compared to Skriniar, and though he would be a superb 4th centerback, Inter has to worry about its starters before it can even begin to think about depth. Inter has to do whatever possible to keep Skriniar, even if it means losing multiple less important starters/back-ups. If it comes down to keeping Skriniar or signing Bremer, as good as the latter is, the former has proven his worth time and time again and deserves a long term contract.
What do you think? Is Skriniar non-transferable or does he have a price? Who should replace him? Let us know in the comments below.