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Trio of Premier League clubs join PSG in defender race

The Inter Milan man turned down a move away this summer

Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City have all joined Paris Saint Germain in the race for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, with his contract set to expire in 2023, according to reports.

The Inter centre-back was the centre of a transfer tug of war between his current side and the French Champions over the summer, eventually remaining at San Siro.

PSG had bids of 50m euros plus a player, and then 55m euros plus a player, turned down for the centre-back, and negotiations were thought to have been broken off when PSG threatened to sign the player on a free next summer.

And, while Inter remain desperate to tie the Slovakian defender down to a new contract, several clubs are monitoring the situation.

Premier League trio keeping tabs on centre-back

Now, as per reports, all of Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham are keeping tabs on the 27 year old.

Tottenham were thought to be big admirers of the defender this summer, along with teammate Bastoni, with the centre-back having worked with Antonio Conte during their time together at San Siro.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking at a succession plan for Thiago Silva, with the Brazilian now 37 years old. Though they have added the trio of Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, the opportunity to add someone of Skriniar’s calibre on a free transfer could be too good to turn down.

The same can be said for Manchester City, who were willing to part ways with Nathan Ake this summer and have regularly been linked with strengthening their backline with the likes of Koulibaly and Jules Kounde.

Should he be free to talk to clubs from January, Skriniar is sure to be in hot demand.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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