It’s no secret that José Mourinho wanted a new centre-back over the summer, with Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld seemingly the two at the top of his list, especially towards the end of the transfer window.
As you’ll also be aware, he didn’t get anyone, and had a rather public strop about it, but that doesn’t mean Manchester United couldn’t make moves in January to please their manager and avoid the club imploding midseason.
One of the players they have been looking at, ever since last season, is Inter’s Milan Skriniar, with claims the Red Devils offered €65m for his services, swiftly rejected by the Serie A side.
Since then, the Italians have been trying to tie the Slovakian down to a new contract, but that has yet to happen, since they’re not offering him enough (€2.5m/year compared to the €3m he wants).
Of course, Manchester United’s interest, and that of other big clubs, can only reinforce his stance, and José Mourinho’s side are once again mentioned as being ‘first in line’ with their desire to sign him.
As things stand, talks are somewhat in limbo, ever so timidly open, but they haven’t exactly ‘taken off’ either.
This, for the Premier League side, is good news, because if Inter don’t give Skriniar the money he feels he deserves, he might start looking elsewhere to get his paycheque.