Liverpool may take advantage of the chance to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar on a free transfer.
Skriniar looks set to leave Inter this summer, having rejected several offers to extend his contract. And now according to journalist Graeme Bailey, Liverpool could be one of the sides looking to make an unexpected run at signing him.
“A lot English clubs looking at this guy,” Bailey told 90min’s Talking Transfers podcast. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Man United, Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Chelsea, any of them come in. They’re all throwing their hat into the ring on this one.
“They weren’t expecting him to a be as free agent, he is. So, keep an eye on this one, I think we’ll see a lot of Premier League interest come up in the next few weeks.”
PSG are another side expected to be in the mix, having nearly signed Skriniar last summer. But Bailey believes that the 27-year-old is still open to a move to the Premier League.
“I find it hard to believe he’ll accept PSG without having already looked at the market,” said the journalist. “These Premier League club have got to be making it known what he can earn in England. There might be quite mouth-watering figures for him.”
Skriniar set to leave Inter
There’s little doubt that there will be Premier League interest in Skriniar. It’s much more debatable whether that will arrive from Liverpool.
At twenty-seven, the Slovakian is slap-bang in his peak as a footballer. As a result, this could be an extremely cost-effective transfer for any number of teams. 90min claimed last summer that Inter were looking for £70m to sell Skriniar. Obviously, this would now be a huge discount.
His wages will be high, but surely not too high that a top Premier League club couldn’t swallow them.
With a week left in the January market, it could even be worth testing Inter’s resolve with a low bid. Skriniar’s agent has made it clear today that there’s no way he’ll be staying in Italy beyond this season. Currently shipping goals for fun, perhaps the Slovakia international could add some steel to Liverpool’s flimsy back line for the second half of the season.
Unfortunately though, this isn’t the kind of signing we’ve got used to seeing from Liverpool. Whereas you could easily see Skriniar rocking up at Chelsea, City or United, it would be much more of a surprise to see him at Anfield.
Nevertheless, the links to Liverpool continue to burn brightly. We’d be surprised to this happen, but we’ve been shocked by a fair few things to happen at the club this season. Who’s to say it won’t.