PSG Plotting to Lowball Inter for Skriniar in January

PSG continue to covet Milan Skriniar, and their patient chase could pay off in January, as Inter are facing very challenging extension talks. Waiting to extend his expiring contract has been detrimental, as his requests have spiked.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri and the agents of the defender will meet for the first time after the two Champions League clashes against Barcelona. At that point, the trajectory of their season will be clearer. That’s a factor too, as he wishes to compete for lofty goals. While an agreement could have been struck for €5M annually in the spring, the French outfit offered him much more.

PSG proposed €9M per year to Skriniar, while Inter can’t go higher than €6M, which is their unofficial cap. The center-back is willing to meet his current side in the middle, but €7.5M annually might still be too high for them. The Nerazzurri would have to make a decision at that point, either raise their limit on salaries or sell him in January. A departure on a free is unacceptable to them.

On the other hand, they would be negotiating from a position of weakness in the next window. The Ligue 1 giants would lower their bid to €25/30M after tendering €55M in previous months. They were willing to wait also because they need the Slovak more for the key stretch of the season in 2023 than for the first three months.

Our Take on Skriniar, Inter, and PSG

The Nerazzurri seem to be headed for a disastrous outcome because a departure at those terms would be a financial black eye. Re-upping the contract is the only way to salvage things, but it won’t be easy.

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