Inter Could Be Forced Into Lowering Asking Price for Milan Skriniar

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have been linked with Skriniar | James Worsfold/Getty Images

Both Manchester clubs have launched €65m bids for Inter defender Milan Skriniar this summer.

United and City have repeatedly been credited with holding an interest in the Slovakian international, but the Nerazzurri’s exceedingly large asking price has prevented any move from materialising in the past.

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Skriniar excelled under the tutelage of Luciano Spalletti at San Siro | Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

However, Italian news outlet Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) report taht Inter can no longer demand a fee which exceeds €80m for Skriniar due to the defender’s struggles this term, while the COVID-19 pandemic has also led to a deflated market.

The report claims United ‘put €65m on the table’ for the 25-year-old earlier in the season, an offer matched by noisy neighbours City.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also expressed an interest in acquiring the Slovak, but their proposals were turned down by Inter.

However, the Nerazzurri are said to have altered their stance on Skriniar, with the Italian giants certainly more open to allowing the previously invaluable asset to depart this summer.

The arrival of Antonio Conte and his 3-5-2 system has coincided with a dip in form from Skriniar, with the feeling at San Siro that he’s struggled to adapt to the demands brought about by playing in a back three.

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Skriniar has struggled to adapt to a different role under Antonio Conte this season | Lintao Zhang/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Since the restart, the Slovakia international was needlessly sent off in Inter’s 3-3 draw with Sassuolo and was beaten way too easily one on one by Darko Lazovic for Verona’s opener in their recent 2-2 draw.

Thus, Inter are more willing to see the back of the 25-year-old if there’s a sizeable enough offer. Although it’s not clear how much the interested clubs will have to stump up if they are to secure Skriniar’s services this summer.

United’s interest in a new centre-half has already been widely reported in recent weeks, while Pep Guardiola is set to go in search of his long-term reportment for Vincent Kompany at the Etihad.