Manchester City are ready to pay a substantial amount to land Inter Milan star as Summer signing.
With Manchester City’s Premier League title defence in disarray and ongoing injury problems in defence, Pep needs defensive reinforcements. They are linked with several top centre-backs namely Soyuncu, Koulibaly and Nathan Ake. And the club have identified Skriniar as their next top target.
The Slovakian international has played an integral part for the Nerazzurri this season, as they push for their first Scudetto title since 2009-10. Man City are willing to pay around €95m, which will make Skriniar the most expensive defender of all time.
Man City face defensive frailties
City is short in numbers in central defense. They have conceded 27 goals in 24 Premier League games this season. To put that into context, they only conceded 23 goals in the entirety of last season.
The club failed to replace long-term captain Vincent Kompany in the summer. Aymeric Laporte sustained a serious knee injury at the start of the season. To make matters worse, John Stones also suffered a hamstring injury at the start of December. That leaves Otamendi as a there only available senior centre-back.
Guardiola has played defensive-midfielders Fernandinho and Rodri as makeshift centre-backs. As s result, he is eyeing a new centre-back in the upcoming transfer window.
Skriniar is suitable for City
The 24-year-old joined Inter Milan from Sampdoria in 2017 and has been one of the finest defenders in Europe. Under the guidance of new manager Antonio Conte, Inter have the best defensive record in Serie A this season.
Pep Guardiola’s style includes playing out from the back. Regarded as one of the best ‘ball-playing’ centre-backs in Europe, he has a pass accuracy of 93%. The stat is only bettered by Stones in City’s squad.
Skriniar is also a target for La Liga champions Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Author’s take: With limited options in defence and rivals Liverpool running away with the title, Pep needs to act fast in the market. Skiniar has seen a long-term solution in defence and a perfect pairing with Laporte. Man City should do anything to bring the defender to the Blue side of Manchester.