According to an update from Rai Sport commentator and calciomercato ‘expert’ Paolo Paganini, arch rivals Man United have proposed a Paul Pogba swap deal in order to land Sky Blues target Milan Skriniar – potentially delivering a setback to City in our attempts to sign the centre-back.
Skriniar, who’s started 24 Serie A games for current club Inter Milan this season, has been on Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain’s radar for some time – with a past report from calciomercato claiming that City ‘above all’ were prioritising a swoop for the defender.
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However, in City’s hunt for a defensive reinforcements, we may have encountered a potential speed bump as United enter the race for Skriniar’s signature – apparently proposing a swap deal with midfield star Pogba as the Red Devils attempt to poach one of our alleged primary targets.
WhoScored state that the Slovakian international has averaged an impressive 92.3% passing accuracy over the Serie A campaign, as well as racking up the third-most blocks and clearances out of Inter’s entire roster in the league.
These numbers could highlight why Guardiola potentially sees him as a top defensive target, but given Skriniar’s impressive displays this campaign, we could face a battle to sign him – especially with United’s alleged offer.
Whether or not we decide to swoop with an offer of our own remains to be seen, but the 25-year-old’s reputation could highlight the fact he would be worth it.