Manchester United could resolve their defensive issues this summer with a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar thanks to a financial crisis brewing in the club’s background.
The coronavirus crisis has already put the squeeze on Inter’s finances, and with Suning pulling the plug on funding, the Italians face uncertain times.
The Chinese conglomerate is on the lookout for a lucrative partnership to maintain their operations in Europe after ceasing all actions in Asia.
Although they have allegedly provided insurance to Inter about their intention to continue investing in the club’s growth, fears are rising on the back of recent events.
Suning are negotiating the sale of 23% of their shares to the British-based fund BC Partners for a figure close to €1.9billion.
Regardless of the outcome of ongoing negotiations, everyone at Inter is concerned about how it could affect the club.
The Nerazzurri already have a sizeable debt that includes £179million to other clubs in amounts due for player transfers, including £52m to United.
Antonio Conte splashed out £69m to capture the services of Romelu Lukaku in 2019 when the Lombardian club gave the impression of financial stability.
However, after paying the first instalment, the Italian juggernauts have run out of funds.
A lack of liquidity has cast a shadow on Inter’s remarkable season and could force the Serie A leaders to offload some of their most valuable assets this summer to balance the books.
Unless they manage to find investors to fulfil their financial obligations next season, they could face the risk of losing various star players.
United, like other clubs, may benefit from this situation.
Skriniar’s name returns to fashion
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to find a reliable long-term partner for Harry Maguire.
With Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones proving inconsistent, and Axel Tuanzebe still relatively inexperienced, United lack a solid centre-back to partner the captain.
After forfeiting the chance to sign outgoing Bayern Munich star David Alaba, the Red Devils will have to shift their attention elsewhere.
Skriniar, who was on United’s radar on several occasions in the past, could fill the void.
United reportedly saw their £60m bid for the ex-Sampdoria man turned down last summer, but the current crisis may sway Inter into green-lighting the move now.
The 26-year-old has rarely ceased to impress after swapping Luigi Ferraris for Inter in 2017.
While enjoying his rise to stardom at the Giuseppe Meazza, the Slovakian has amassed over 150 appearances for the Nerazzurri, establishing himself as one of the most highly-rated defenders in Serie A.
His strong aerial presence, pace and tactical intelligence make him a reasonable option for Solskjaer’s defensive set-up.
Skriniar’s deal in Lombardy runs out in 2023, with Transfermarkt valuing the player at £43m.
His price tag falls within Inter’s debt to United, which would give the Old Trafford side the upper hand in potential negotiations over a summer move.
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