Inter are still some way away from agreeing a new contract with defender Milan Skriniar, and a January sale to Paris Saint-Germain to avoid losing him for free in the summer can hardly be ruled out.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the Nerazzurri are not ready to offer more than around €6 million net plus add-ons per season on a new deal with contract talks set to begin soon, whilst the player wants €7.5 million net.

While it had one point looked like only a formality that Inter would find an agreement with Skriniar on a new deal, with wages of around €5 million net per season likely to be the meeting point for an extension until the end of June 2027, PSG’s interest has changed things.

The Parisians had been ready to hand the 27-year-old a deal worth €9 million net per season in the summer, and whilst he would not expect an offer of this size from Inter, he would want a bigger effort for them.

The Nerazzurri’s stance has been to offer Skriniar around €6 million net per season plus add-ons, in line with what other top earners at the club are on, and this is how they are expected to begin contract talks next month.

However, if the player does not feel that this is high enough in light of what PSG are offering, Inter’s hand could be forced into a January sale.

Losing the Slovakian on a free transfer next summer would be the nightmare scenario for the Nerazzurri, and so they would be willing to listen to offers from PSG in January if Skriniar makes clear that he will not accept their offer of a new deal.

The Parisians would not offer close to what they were willing to put on the table in the summer, and would not go higher than €30 million, but this could still be preferable to losing Skriniar without a transfer fee next summer for the Nerazzurri.