When a footballer speaks to his country’s football association for an interview, transfers are usually completely avoided. It’s not for the various FAs to get into, and a minefield best left untouched.

Not for the Slovakian FA, who have spoken to Milan Škriniar about a recent medical procedure. It’s nothing serious, the Inter Milan defender has simply had laser treatment to help improve his eyesight.

After speaking about that, and how happy he is with the procedure and what it will mean for him going forward, Škriniar was asked about Manchester United.

The Slovakian FA put to the player that there’s been reports in England of an offer from Old Trafford which failed, and Škriniar responded: “I’m happy about the interest in me, but Inter decided how they decided, so I cannot say anything more about it. However, I am satisfied at Inter.”

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It’s probably going too far to say that’s Škriniar backing up an approach actually happened, but he’s clearly content to keep the idea rolling of a United effort.

There have been claims Inter Milan value the player at €80m, which is surely a figure Manchester United wouldn’t go to for the 23 year old.

Jose Mourinho has been targeting a central defender this summer, and whilst Toby Alderweireld has been the most linked, there doesn’t appear to be a deal close at the moment for any of the suggested targets.