PSG Ready to Walk Away from Skriniar Deal With Inter

A long-running transfer saga involving Milan Skriniar’s move from Inter to Paris Saint-Germain has taken a new twist. According to Calciomercato, the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions are ready to walk away from a deal for the Slovakian defender.

Despite reaching a ‘verbal agreement’ with Skriniar, Paris have never come close to meeting the Italians’ stratospheric demands. Aware of PSG’s financial capacity, Inter are keen to squeeze out every penny from their star defender’s departure.

Last season’s Serie A runners-up have pinned a substantial 70m price tag on Skriniar’s shoulders. However, their staggering asking price could backfire on them. PSG have reportedly found Skriniar’s valuation excessive and are reluctant to continue their pursuit of the 27-year-old.

The French heavyweights’ withdrawal from talks could pave the way for Chelsea to swoop in and secure Skriniar’s services. Like PSG, the Pensioners are in the market for defensive reinforcements in the wake of the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

Thomas Tuchel’s men have already snapped up Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. But the Senegalese centre-back alone is not enough to fill the void left by the exits of two senior Stamford Bridge stars. Therefore, Chelsea are looking to maintain their shopping in Italy.

A leaky pre-season campaign has made Tuchel understand he needs at least another top-class defender to stay competitive on multiple fronts next term. Skriniar, who has been nothing short of impressive for Inter over the past five years, ticks all the boxes for the type of player Chelsea are keen to recruit.

Since Nerazzurri’s stance on their prized asset’s valuation won’t change, the Premier League powerhouse will have to open their checkbook to get the deal over the line. A lack of financial muscle will force Inter to sell Skriniar or some other household first-team member this summer.

With Simone Inzaghi desperate to keep hold of Lautaro Martinez, Skriniar could be the one to take the fall.