United Back In For Two Players They Bid For In The Summer
Manchester United are still in pursuit of a new defender and reports today link the Red Devils with two players currently in Serie A.
Jose Mourinho wanted to bolster his defence in the summer. However, he saw targets Toby Alderweireld and Jerome Boateng vetoed by the Manchester United board on the grounds that they were too expensive for players close to the age of 30.
But according to ESPN Jose Mourinho is eyeing up moves for Inter Milan’s Slovakia international defender Milan Skriniar and AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.
Both players are 23 years old and their age will fit the bill for the United board. Skriniar was linked with United during the summer. Football Gossip reported in June that the Premier League side had had a bid of £57million rejected by Inter. At that time, Inter ruled out any sale for Skriniar. The Italian club had Financial Fair Play issues to contend with which they got round without selling one of their star players.
Skriniar moved to Inter in 2017 from Sampdoria for a fee of €20million plus striker Gianluca Caprari.
Inter are unlikely to entertain a sale in January unless United make them an offer they cannot refuse. At present, that looks like being a lot more than £65million.
Shortly after being knocked back by Inter, United were reported to have launched a £44million bid for Romagnoli. He only moved to Milan in 2015 for a fee of €25million from Roma. But Milan will have to pay 30 percent of any proceeds to their Serie A rivals meaning that – once again – any fresh United bid will have to be way in excess of the original offer.
Chelsea have also been linked with Romagnoli. The west London side saw a bid rejected by Milan in 2016 and although they were linked again last summer no new bid was forthcoming.