Chelsea favourites to win the race to sign €65m Serie A star

While Chelsea looked for centre-backs this summer, they were repeatedly linked to Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, who could have left the Nerazzurri. Slovakia international ended up staying at San Siro, and by entering the final year of his deal, he now becomes an option clubs can sign for free next year.

Speaking to the media this week, Milan was asked about his situation with the Nerazzurri and made it clear that he would not discuss his contract publicly. “I have never talked about the market so far and will not even in this circumstance.”

“We came this far to play the game, not to talk about my future or my contract. This is neither the time nor the right place. When there is news you will know it from me and no one else,” Skriniar said.

That may have sounded like a tip that the negotiations for renewal are far from happening, but according to reports from the Italian media, he’s actually keen on staying. The 27-year-old centre-back stays ‘strongly linked to the orbit of Chelsea and PSG’, claims the defender’s will is to remain at Inter Milan.

It’s stated that during the international break, there will be talks to reduce the ‘economic gap’ for a new deal. His entourage ‘would settle’ with a yearly salary worth €6.5m, making him the second-best paid footballer in the squad after Lukaku. So if the Blues are still interested in signing Skriniar, they better move before that extension is signed.