Manchester United were given a major boost in their pursuit of Milan Škriniar, with the Inter Milan defender suggesting a move away from the San Siro was possible if two key demands were met, reports the Daily Star.
The 23-year-old, who is attracting interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, says he was the subject of a £53m bid in January and will only leave Inter if he’s promised regular playing time and if the Serie A side are happy to let him leave.
“I know an incredible offer came in the winter. I left everything in my agent’s hands. I would have gone had it been for the best. I’m happy with the interest of big clubs, but at the same time I was delighted that Inter decided not to sell,” he said.
“There were so many rumours about me in the winter but I never considered leaving, certainly not in January. I want to continue to do well and grow. We’ll see what happens in the summer.
“I really like Real Madrid and Barcelona but the same applies to the two in Manchester. The Premier League is the most beautiful in the world.
“My eventual departure would depend on many things, such as the agreement between the clubs and the role I would be adopting. If I had to change just to be on the bench, or to only play in the cup, I would stay at Inter.”
It’s good news for Manchester United that such a coveted defender is keen to join them, although Manchester City, Real and Barca provide stiff competition in the race for his signature. Škriniar has been a regular at the heart of the Inter defence this season, making 24 Serie A appearances and scoring three goals.
He only joined the Nerazzurri from Sampdoria last summer but could be on the move in the coming months given the reported interest. United desperately need a new centre-back, with the form of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof being below-par this season, while Eric Bailly has been injured for months.
As a result, there could be a bidding war at the end of the season.