It is well known that Real Madrid want to strengthen their attacking unit and have been linked with several superstars in those slots. However, not much attention has been paid to their backline, although the defence needs some reinforcements as well.
In this regard, now there is news from Marca that the Madrid club want to bring Milan Skriniar to the Spanish capital from Inter Milan. However, the Italian outfit will demand €70 million as compensation for the player. Here we take a look at what the Slovakian would bring to Zidane’s team and why they should go all guns blazing for him.
Being the most formidable man in Inter’s backline
Milan Skriniar began his professional career in MSK Zilina after graduating from the youth ranks. His first big move came when he joined Sampdoria in January 2016. After making a mark there, the very next season he was purchased by Inter Milan, in a deal that made him the most expensive player of Slovakia.
Since joining the Italian giants, Skriniar has been a revelation, almost being a wall at the back for his club. His performances have earned him plaudits all around, and he has so far featured in 97 matches in the Serie A for Inter, establishing his dominance in the league.
What could he bring to Real Madrid?
Although a centre back by trade, the 25-year-old can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder, where he has been asked to fill in at times by his managers. His most prominent traits are his strength and agility, which always gives him an edge in one on one situations. The Slovakian is also known for his positional sense and aerial prowess, which makes it difficult for other teams to score against Inter Milan in set-piece situations.
His leadership quality is also remarkable, making him an ideal successor to former Liverpool man Martin Škrtel in the national team. Milan Skriniar is an avid passer of the ball, notching up an astonishing 92.3% pass completion rate in the league. Another stat that must be mentioned is his astounding 2.9 clearances per game in the league.
Should Zidane go after him?
Zinedine Zidane has the legendary Sergio Ramos in his ranks, who has been one of the biggest servants of the club. However, the Spaniard is 34-years-old, and it is time for Los Blancos to find alternatives. Raphaël Varane has also made one of the centre-back slots his own with the French star guiding the side to four Champions League trophies.
Eder Militao is a talented youngster, though his main forte is his versatility playing in the wing-back role along with his centre-back duties. Therefore, the Spanish side need a solid player who can partner Varane at the back of the defence for a long time to come, and Milan Skriniar fits the bill perfectly.
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