Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar remains a summer transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports. The 25-year-old Slovakian is contracted at the San Siro until 2023.
This comes from Italian publication, Tuttomercato. They say that Liverpool, as well as Tottenham Hotspur, retain an interest in the towering centre-back.
Skriniar has been one of Antonio Conte’s top performers this term, with Inter locked in an enthralling Serie A title race with bitter rivals AC Milan.
Antonio Conte’s side are currently top of the Italian top-flight, ahead of Milan by a single point, although Inter have played a game more.
Skriniar has been an ever-present figure under the former Chelsea boss throughout 2020/21, clocking up 22 appearances in all competitions.
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Another centre-back to Anfield?
Liverpool themselves have recently been busy in the transfer market in terms of defensive reinforcements.
Sporting director Michael Edwards was able to successfully get the deadline-day deals for Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak over the line on Monday.
Still, though, Liverpool continue to be mooted with other central defensive targets to aid the team’s ongoing injury crisis.
Jurgen Klopp has certainly been dealt a number of significant setbacks in that particular department this term. He has lost all three of his centre-backs, after all, to season-ending injuries.
So, is there still a need for Liverpool to be in the market for other potential targrts?
In short, yes. The injury crisis dictates that Liverpool cannot afford to be inactive, even with the addition of two centre-backs in January.
We’ve seen Liverpool’s title chances practically roll off a cliff in recent weeks as a result of the defensive losses.
With that said, the Reds would be wise to ensure they are sufficiently stocked in that department if Klopp and his players are to have another tilt at the title next season.
At 25, Skriniar certainly could be just the man. Despite his relatively young age for an elite-level centre-back, the former Sampdoria man is as experienced as they come with 159 appearances in Serie A.
He’s as consistent as they come, too, which indicates he would make an immediate impact if Liverpool were to pursue a move. It certainly would be an exciting prospect to see the 33-time Slovakia international alongside Virgil van Dijk in 2021/22.
Still, much of this interest will hinge on price and whether Inter are prepared to sell. According to CalcioMercato, Conte is adamant that the club wouldn’t entertain a deal, even for £50 million.
Considering the financially shrewd deals Liverpool were able to orchestrate for Kabak and Davies, it seems unlikely that Edwards would condone such an eye-watering asking-price from Inter’s behalf.
Perhaps, then, the Reds will look to explore the market in other uncharted territories where there is more financial value to be uncovered.
A sure thing, like Skriniar, may just be too unobtainable from a Liverpool perspective at this present moment.