Newly-appointed Paris Saint-Germain head coach Christophe Galtier has given a hint as to how defender Milan Skriniar could be used next season should the Parisians complete a deal to sign him from Inter.
Speaking in a press conference upon his appointment, as reported by FCInterNews, the coach explained that switching to a three-man defensive unit could be in his plans for the team next season.
PSG are keen to reinforce their defense for Galtier during the upcoming season, and Inter defender Skriniar looks to be their target.
The French champions are reportedly pressing ahead to get a big money deal for the Slovakian over the line, and given that there is not currently any shortage of defenders in the team, some questions could arise as to why they have made his signing such a priority.
New coach Galtier’s words could offer a clue, as the former Saint-Etienne, Lille, and Nice coach could switch to a defensive system with three centre-backs like the one used at Inter, in which case having plenty of defensive options at his disposal could be key.
Skriniar had not played in a back three at Sampdoria nor in his first two seasons at Inter under Luciano Spalletti, but after a period of adjustment, the 27-year-old has proven to be highly adept in the system under Antonio Conte and then Simone Inzaghi.
“There’s been a lot of talk about a back-three defense,” Galtier said. “I’m lucky to have incredible players in the wide positions, but we also need players at the heart of the defense. We’re thinking about playing a back-three defense, yes.”