Manchester City are reportedly willing to fork out €95m (£80m) for Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar.
Skriniar has previously been linked with a move to City’s rivals Manchester United, while Real Madrid are also interested.Skriniar has previously been linked with a move to City’s rivals Manchester United, while Real Madrid are also interested.
Now, according to a report from Spanish publication El Desmarque, City have stolen a march on Real as they look to strengthen their backline.
The report states that Zinedine Zidane is in the market for a new centre-back and has Florentino Perez the names of three transfer targets.
Skriniar, Kalidou Koulibaly and Diego Carlos are the players on Zidane’s list but it appears they are set to miss out on Skriniar.
City are said to be willing to offer £80m for the Croatian international, with the report suggesting a move is ‘very close’ to being agreed.
Skriniar did sign a new deal with Inter back in May last year and, speaking in October, claimed he was happy in Italy.
“I feel good here, I have a very good relationship with the fans,” he said.
“I do not miss anything here and I play regularly – that’s crucial for me, that’s why I decided to take this step. I’m not planning to change [clubs].”
Manchester City s set to play Manchester United at the Etihad on 30 this month.
Pep Guardiola is set to make a number of changes to his Manchester City team when they face rivals Manchester United at the Etihad. The reigning Carabao Cup champions hold a 3-1 advantage going into the second leg of the semi-final, but Guardiola is still expected to field a strong side.
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