Inter may look to offload defender Milan Skriniar to Paris Saint-Germain this month rather than lose him on a free transfer in the summer, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Biasin.
The Slovakia international appears set for a move to the Ligue 1 club after deciding against signing a new contract with Inter, and would be available as a free agent at the end of the season due to his contract expiring.
Writing in today’s newspaper edition of Libero, Biasin suggested that the Nerazzurri would consider pushing PSG to swoop for Skriniar immediately so as to secure a transfer fee, but the player would have to give up a considerable signing-on bonus in lieu of a transfer payment, and would be reluctant.
“The matter is well known: the boy has been promised to PSG and yesterday Christophe Galtier, coach of the Parisians, more or less announced the purchase of the Slovakian defender: ‘As for Skriniar, I’ve read the news. Will he arrive this winter? I can’t tell you. Will he arrive next summer? I can’t tell you. The management is at work’,” Biasin wrote.
“That is, the deal is not in doubt, only the ‘when’. It is possible that Inter will push for the transfer right away to collect a few million, but in this way the player would lose the chance to collect the sumptuous ‘signing bonus’ promised by the French.
“A very heated end to the market is expected at Inter.”
Meanwhile, Biasin suggested that Skriniar could receive a hostile reception from Inter fans when the Nerazzurri face Empoli at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Serie A tomorrow evening.
“Does a Skriniar case exist? Yes. Tomorrow Inter, newly crowned winners of the Supercoppa Italiana, will face Empoli in one of the postponed matches of the last round of the first half of the season and it’s up to us to understand what will happen.
“Will Skriniar take to the pitch with the captain’s armband on his arm? Will Skriniar be booed? Will Skriniar manage to hold his nerve or will he pretend nothing happened?”
Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has made 241 appearances for the Nerazzurri in all competitions.