Chelsea could decide to make a move for Inter defender Milan Skriniar in the event that they miss out on signing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the Blues could resume their interest in the Slovakian if they are beaten to Kounde’s signature by Barcelona.

Inter’s stance has shifted to strongly wishing to keep hold of Skriniar after they missed out on the signing of Bremer to Juventus, with coach Simone Inzaghi particularly feeling that there would be no acceptable substitute for the Slovakian should he depart.

However, an exit cannot be entirely ruled out for the 27-year-old should a massive offer, and Chelsea could decide to come back in with a large big in the event that they are unable to sign their priority target Kounde.

The Blues have been trying to sign the 23-year-old as their second major defensive reinforcement after Kalidou Koulibaly, but Barcelona are also pressing to complete a deal for him, and Skriniar could be the London club’s backup option for a top-class defender.