Manchester United could attempt a swap deal with Inter Milan for defender Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window.
That’s according to Inter Live, who say United could offer Donny van de Beek in a swap deal to get the centre-back.
They explain that Skriniar has made a ‘super start’ to the season in Italy, and that has not gone unnoticed by Manchester United, who are considering a move.
They are ‘dreaming of a breakthrough’ in their attempts to sign him and could make a move come January, even though their pockets aren’t particularly deep after a busy summer.
Instead of a deal involving cash, they would simply offer an ‘equal exchange’ with Van de Beek, who is ‘highly regarded’ by Inter Milan and is clearly not in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
While the Nerazzurri like him, they are well covered in midfield, and so Van de Beek may not be that attractive to the Italian side.
Furthermore, while Skriniar could leave, it wouldn’t be during the season. In fact, it would take at least €60m in cash for Inter Milan to change that stance.
That’s clearly a price Manchester United aren’t going to pay, and the idea of a move makes no sense regardless of that fact.
They spent big to get Raphael Varane in the summer and already have a partner for him in Harry Maguire, so the idea of them going for another elite level centre-back makes absolutely no sense.
It’s would also be odd for them to lose a midfielder to do so, particularly when that area of the team is considered their weakest.
We, therefore, would advise this rumour is ignored for the time being, with a deal making little sense for either side.