Chelsea turn to Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar after deeming Matthijs de Ligt too expensive
Chelsea turn to Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar after it found Matthijs de Ligt’s Juventus release clause too expensive, but the Blues could be caught up in a bidding war with PSG
- Chelsea aim to sign Inter Milan center half Milan Skriniar, 27, this summer
- The Premier League side have lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen
- The Blues have found Matthijs de Ligt’s £102 million clause too expensive
- Chelsea is targeting the Slovakian star, also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain
Chelsea are targeting Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar this summer after cooling off the idea of signing Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt.
The Premier League outfit has already lost two centre-backs this summer, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen joining Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively on free transfers at the end of their contracts.
And with Thomas Tuchel’s squad also potentially losing third option Cesar Azpilicueta, they have been turning to Skriniar in recent hours as an option to bolster their backline.
Chelsea aim to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar (pictured) this summer
The Blues were enthusiastic about Matthijs de Ligt, but find his £102 million escape clause too expensive
The Blues loved Dutch star De Ligt, 22, but found his £102 million severance clause too expensive, so they opted to woo the Slovakian star.
Sky Sports have reported that relations between Chelsea and Inter are strong after successfully arranging the deal last year to bring Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge, and the subsequent loan back to San Siro this summer.
But French giants Paris Saint-Germain are vying with Chelsea for Skriniar’s signature and have bid around £52million. The Nerazzurri feel that that supply is low, opening the door for Tuchel’s side to duck in.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel (right) wants Skriniar to replace Antonio Rudiger (left)
The German is keen to secure a physically strong and dominant centre-back after losing one of their top performers in Rudiger last season, and is set to offer around £64million.
Inter, while recognizing Skriniar’s importance to the team, are struggling financially and club CEO Beppe Marotta has earmarked a departure for the 27-year-old as a way to balance the books.
The Serie A side hopes the battle for the 54-cap international will spark a bidding war to potentially help them ease their financial woes.