The agent of reported Liverpool transfer target Milan Skriniar has confirmed that his client will leave Inter Milan.
Skriniar’s contract in Milan is set to expire at the end of the season. As a key player, the Italians had hoped to convince him to sign an extension. But speaking to Telenord, Roberto Sistici said the Slovakian had rejected his club’s attempts.
“The truth is that the decision to put Milan Skriniar on the transfer market was taken by Inter over the summer, not by the player,” Sistici explained. “It was a decision from the club that led to negotiations between Inter and PSG, which obviously we were informed of. At a certain stage, the negotiations were interrupted and the player accepted without problems, respecting his contract as a true professional.
“In the autumn, we replied to all the requests made by the club, and after a series of preliminary meetings, we presented our economic request. After that, in November 2022, Inter presented their proposal. Circa a month later, before Christmas, I told Inter our decision not to accept that proposal. A choice reiterated at the beginning of January, before the Super Cup Final, when I also informed the Nerazzurri managers Marotta and Ausilio that we considered ourselves free to listen to offers from other clubs.”
Asked whether he and Skriniar were indeed talking to other clubs, Sistici confirmed that this was now the case.
“There are contacts with some clubs, not Italian,” he said, before confirming that the defender staying at Inter is ‘not a possibility’ right now.
Skriniar set to leave Inter
This is an interesting development which could implicate Liverpool. The Reds have been reported as keeping an eye on Skriniar’s situation as they look to bolster their defence.
In fact, the recent injury to Virgil van Dijk is even said to have initiated contact between Liverpool and Skriniar. That makes these comments from the Slovakian’s agent particularly intriguing.
Could Liverpool really be one of the side Sistici is referring to here? Well, on the face of it, it would seem pretty unlikely. Although Jurgen Klopp does need to start planning for life beyond Joel Matip and Van Dijk, it isn’t an immediate concern.
It isn’t every day a player as good as Skriniar comes on the market, though. To get a sense of how highly he’s rated in Italy, Inter fans recently hung a banner at San Siro begging him to stay. At twenty-seven, he’s a little older than some might prefer, but he’s right bang in his peak and is obviously a cheaper option – in terms of transfer fee at least.
As is always the case with high-profile free agents though, the Inter man would surely command a higher than usual weekly wage. This may be what ultimately puts Liverpool off.
With teams such as PSG reportedly heavily in the mix for Skriniar, he’ll have no shortage of suitors. This will obviously drive his wage up even further. As a result, we’d have Liverpool pegged as outsiders here. Skriniar looks like being on the move one way or another though, don’t rule the Reds out completely.