Update On Manchester United’s Chase For This Defender: What Now For The Red Devils?

According to a recent report by the Daily Record, Manchester United are set to miss out on their January transfer target, Milan Škriniar. The same source has claimed that the Inter Milan centre-back is close to signing a new contract at the San Siro despite being linked with a switch to Old Trafford last month. In a recent interview, the Slovakian defender revealed that he is set to pen a contract extension with the Milan club and said, “My contract renewal? We are close.”

“I have a great relationship with the club.”

This recent development will be a massive blow for Ed Woodward’s chances of landing the player in the summer. It seems like the Red Devils will need to concentrate on their other transfer targets and forget about Škriniar for the time being.

The Serie A defensive ace has been a commanding presence at the back for Luciano Spalletti’s team, and his incredible defensive contributions have helped the club climb to the third spot of the league table. Since his arrival from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017, the Slovakian has gradually managed to establish himself as a regular starter in the Inter Milan first-team. The 24-year-old has featured in 31 matches for Inter this term across all competitions.

He has made two tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game (Stats taken from Whoscored.com) in the Serie A this season which is quite impressive for an up-and-coming centre-back. Hence, it is no surprise that he wants to commit his long-term future to the San Siro-based club as he is clearly enjoying his football at the moment.

The Inter centre-half reads the game well and is a very accomplished defender at the back. He can make timely interceptions and is not afraid to make tackles when the game is on the line. He is also a dominant presence in the air which makes missing out on his services a bitter pill to swallow for Ed Woodward.

Škriniar’s potential acquisition would have undoubtedly bolstered Man United’s defensive options at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have currently got the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo who are all vying for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first-team. However, the Slovakian defender would have been an upgrade over any of them.

There is no doubt that it will be a big blow for the Red Devils. However, it would also be interesting to see which other players they decide to go for in the summer transfer period.

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Abhinab Ghosh

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

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