Manchester United are finally beginning to address their defensive issues as it has been reported that they have made a £73 million bid for Inter centre-back Milan Škriniar.
Škriniar is just the latest defender to be linked with a move to Old Trafford with Kalidou Koulibaly, Matthijs de Ligt, Toby Alderweireld and Kostas Manolas all supposedly targets this summer, but Transfermarketweb claim that United have already bid for the Inter man,
Skriniar could soon be in the Premier League. Image: PA Images
The 24 year old Slovak was also linked with a move to Manchester United last summer, after being scouted several times by José Mourinho, but a deal was never made to bring the young defender to Manchester.
He is apparently under contract negotiations with the Italians, having originally signed a five-year deal when he joined from Sampdoria for £25 million in 2017. Yet in the current state of football, money talks, and a sizeable bid could persuade the Serie A club to allow their player to leave.
However, his agent, Mital Halis, has claimed that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are also interested.
"Real Madrid want to sign him, so do Barcelona," he told AS, via the Express, "Whoever can convince Inter to let him go will sign him this summer.
"Škriniar is a model professional, If Real Madrid want him they could get him but there are other agents who have a vested interest in taking players where they want."
The young Slovakian is a tall, strong defender who is an excellent passer of the ball, allowing a team to build up play from the back. Škriniar is not an aggressive defenders and uses his smartness and great positional awareness to allow an attacker to make the first move before he makes his tackle.
Chris Smalling has been much improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Image: PA Images
Additionally, if given space he can drive forward and carry the ball as well as being a target man in the box from set pieces.
If Manchester United want their new defender they'll have to move quickly, with other clubs expressing interest he's clearly a man in demand, will we see Škriniar in red next season? Let us know in the comments.
Words by George Buksmann