Milan Skriniar's agent has revealed the list of clubs interested in his client and said one of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City or Manchester United had a €65 million offer rejected by Inter Milan. The representative also kept the door to a summer transfer open.
Skriniar's agent claims the rejected bid was placed by Manchester City, via Calciomercato.
Skriniar has been one of Serie A's top breakout performers this season, leading to plenty of transfer speculation. Karol Csonto, his representative, spoke to Catalan newspaper Sport (via Calciomercato) and listed the four clubs mentioned above, adding "one of those clubs offered €65 million for him."
He also opened the door to a future move:
"I knew that he wouldn't have left in this transfer window.
"Inter told me that they couldn't afford to lose their defender now. A summer move? I can't talk about it, there are still seven months to go and anything can happen, especially as the World Cup is on this year."
The 22-year-old joined the Nerazzurri during the summer after a spell with Sampdoria, and many fans and pundits were shocked when Inter announced the signing. While Skriniar had shown flashes of his talent, as you can see in the video below, a lack of consistency suggested he wasn't ready for such a move, and it appeared a panic buy from Inter:
But the Slovakia international has been nothing short of brilliant in 2017-18 and has arguably been better than any other defender in the Serie A. He's put his complete skill set on full display, standing out as both a ball-winner and distributor.
Skriniar has some experience playing as a holding midfielder and is known for playing high on the pitch. He routinely adds to the attack with surging runs and some excellent passing, as you can see in this highlight:
He's also a very strong tackler and a force in the air, an area he has greatly improved upon this season. To top it all of, he rarely gets caught out of position and has only been booked once during the current Serie A campaign.
As noted by Calciomercato, Inter have struggled with financial fair play regulations in recent years, and the club has to sell in order to invest. Given Skriniar's high value on the open market, he could be moved at some point in the near future, giving the Nerazzurri the option of bringing in multiple players with those funds.
Out of the four clubs mentioned by his agent, it's hard to pick one that has the biggest need for a defensive upgrade. City could have made the offer, but it's more likely their focus has been on Aymeric Laporte throughout the January window. They ended up getting their man:
Barcelona have been linked with Skriniar in the past, but the Slovak previously told Mediaset Premium (h/t Football Italia) he had no interest in joining the Catalans. He made those comments to underline his love for Inter at the time, however―he never ruled out joining the Catalans in the future.
Per Barcelona's official website, the club signed Yerry Mina earlier this month, opening the door for Javier Mascherano's exit, and it's hard to believe the Catalans would spend big on two defenders in the same window. The rejected offer could have come before the Mina deal, however.