Inter would be unlikely to accept an offer from Paris Saint-Germain for defender Milan Skriniar lower than €20 million precisely because they could be set to miss out on far more than this if they cut the player loose.

This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who detail the Nerazzurri’s rationale for why the 27-year-old could be worth more to them on the pitch than he could by bringing in a transfer fee lower than their asking price.

Inter are considering whether they want to cash in on Skriniar when they have the chance rather than losing the former Sampdoria defender for free when his contract expires at the end of the current season.

Whilst the temptation is certainly there given the Nerazzurri’s financial situation, they must also calculate other factors.

If Inter were to miss out on qualification for next season’s Champions League it would be nothing less than a financial disaster for the club, and so in this respect they will think long and hard about any move that would weaken the team on the pitch.

Not only this, but even less dramatic differences in how the team finishes the season could make for a financial windfall that would any loss that comes from losing Skriniar for free, or a loss that would negate the benefit of selling him.

The difference in prize money that comes between finishing second and fourth in Serie A is worth around €10 million, whilst progression past Porto into the quarterfinals of the Champions League would bring more money into the club’s coffers.

Accordingly, the Nerazzurri are clear on the point that they want any fee that PSG sign Skriniar for this month to be at least equivalent to this amount.