It is becoming increasingly unlikely that defender Milan Skriniar will sign a new contract with Inter, according to Italian journalist Luca Marchetti.

The Slovakia international is into the final six months of his existing deal with the Nerazzurri and would be a free agent at the end of the season if he does not pen new terms, as Inter await his answer on a contract extension proposal.

In an interview with Italian radio station Radio Deejay earlier today, and as reported by, Sky Sport Italia journalist Marchetti revealed that he had serious doubts that Skriniar would remain at Inter beyond the end of his current contract.

“Skriniar? It is very difficult for him to renew, Inter understand this. They told him to give them an answer by the end of January,” Marchetti claimed.

However, he revealed that Inter were already looking for an alternative in Atalanta’s teenage centre-back Giorgio Scalvini, but faced competition from elsewhere in Serie A and across the continent, whilst giving his insight into the future of Romelu Lukaku after his loan from Chelsea.

“Inter would like Scalvini, as would Juventus. He is one of the players who is most followed internationally.

“Lukaku? In my opinion he will have another loan at Inter and then they will lay down the foundations for a definitive purchase.”

Marchetti also suggested that there would be little major transfer activity in Serie A this month, with clubs looking to sort out contracts of their current players rather than bring in new additions.

“It’s a market of planning, more than of action. There are players like Alessandro Bastoni and (AC Milan’s Rafael) Leao who are due to expire in 2024 and it’s obvious that if they refuse renewals, the clubs would then have to gear up for a replacement and prepare for their transfer,” he added.

Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has made 237 appearances for the club, winning the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia.