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Milan Skriniar wanted by both Real Madrid & Barcelona, confirms agent

By William Eldridge

Published: 12:58, 24 March 2019

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has attracted the attention of both Real Madrid and Barcelona according to the player’s agent.

Skriniar has impressed so far this season, and with the interest of La Liga’s biggest clubs, he may swap the Serie A for Spanish football this summer.

Will Skriniar leave Inter? Five things you need to know…

  1. Milan Skriniar moved to Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 for a transfer fee of £18m.
  2. The 24-year-old has made 76 appearances for Inter, scoring four goals.
  3. In that time he has developed into a key player for Inter, playing 25 games this season with the Italian outfit battling for a top-four finish.
  4. Skriniar’s agent has suggested that Real and Barcelona are interested in signing the centre-back.
  5. Reports have suggested Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane may depart this summer, opening the door for Skriniar’s arrival.

Skriniar’s agent Mithat Halis spoke with reporters regarding the player’s impending future, with his form reportedly attracting potential suitors from across Europe’s biggest leagues.

Halis confirmed that among his admirers are both Madrid and Barcelona who may look to bring the Slovakian international to their respective clubs.

Confirming their interest, Halis said: “Real Madrid want him, and so do Barcelona.

“Whoever can convince Inter to let sell in the summer will sign him.”

Skriniar’s career to date

The defender started his professional career with Slovakian club MSK Zilina which was where he started to make a name for himself, making 93 appearances before moving to Sampdoria in 2016.

In his first full season at the club, Skriniar became the youngster defender to have made at least 35 league appearances in Serie A, cementing his place in the Sampdoria starting XI.

Naturally, his excellent form and budding potential led Inter to secure the signature of the centre-back for around twenty times the amount Sampdoria paid just 18 months previous.

The move made Skriniar the most expensive Slovakian footballer of all time.

Last season, Skriniar was an ever-present in the Inter starting XI as they qualified for the Champions League, finishing fourth in Serie A.

Whether Inter can hold onto their star defender remains to be seen but when Madrid and Barcelona are interested in a player, they normally get their man.