Inter defender Milan Skriniar is leaning towards rejecting his club’s contract extension offer, with the final meeting regarding contract talks scheduled for after next week’s Supercoppa Italiana match against AC Milan.

This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri will look to finally get the 27-year-old’s decisive answer in a meeting late next week.

Skriniar has not yet made his final decision and delivered it to Inter, but as the days and weeks go the optimism that the former Sampdoria defender will decide to extend his contract with Inter fades, the Gazzetta suggests.

There is no intention on the club’s part to force the player to deliver a response in the next few days, amid the preparations for tomorrow’s Serie A clash with Hellas Verona and then the team’s trip to Saudi Arabia to face Milan in the Supercoppa.

However, President Steven Zhang and the directors are likely to hold a face-to-face meeting with the Slovakian’s agent not long after the team returns from Saudi Arabia, possibly next Friday.

The hope from the club will of course be that the player’s response to their standing contract offer will be to accept it, but according to the Gazzetta he is now more inclined towards saying no as he gets close to actually making a decision.

The newspaper reports that, should Skriniar clearly communicate his intention to not sign a new contract and then leave on a free transfer, a January sale wouldn’t be entirely off the table.