The World Cup has put a good deal of transfer business to a resounding halt. This also means that most clubs will be eagerly laying the groundwork for those players who they’ll be able to sign once the final is done and dusted in Russia.
Amongst these, the urge to better current options, coupled with the intent of seeking out alternatives for failed pursuits is bound to run strong.
Manchester United are certainly one such club, and they will be looking to add to the areas in which they’ve brought talents into.
Currently, with the transfers of Diogo Dalot and Fred in the bag, the left-back and centre-back spots were the ones where the Mancunian giants were most expected to invest in next.
Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld was the player touted to be the much-needed leader in the latter spot. However, recent reports have put an apparent end to that saga, with United reported to be finding ‘difficulties’ in agreeing with their rivals. As of such, another defender could be sought by Jose Mourinho.
As per Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar is Mourinho’s next big target, and a reported bid of €65 million is being prepper by United to bring the 23-year-old Slovak to Old Trafford.
However, all may not go easy for the Red Devils, as Inter have claimed that they won’t sell the centre-back at any cost, not even for the mammoth amount.
The same report adds that the Serie A giants are offering the player a new deal worth €2.2 million-a-year until 2023, which is a step-up from his current package that sees him make €1.5 million-a-year.
Further, Manchester City and Barcelona are also believed to be very interested in Skriniar, and this, coupled with the club’s possible staunchness on not selling him could, potentially kill Mourinho’s interest. Who’s next then?