To measure the popularity of a player, there are different ways. But one of the most reliable, all the same, remains that of the sales of his jersey. Milan Skriniar can therefore be reassured: he is still one of the darlings of the tifosi of Inter Milan. While no official figures have been reported, the Lombard club assures us that the Slovak defender remains one of the players”the most popular” of his workforce. This shows the dimension taken by the former defender of Sampdoria (2016-2017) on the side of the Nerazzurri in five years. Today, he is one of the bosses, on the ground as outside, but until when?
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“Until yesterday (Wednesday), Inter assured us that no offers from Paris have arrivedconfided to us a journalist from The Gazzetta dello Sport. But he could be one of the players sacrificed by the club, which must end its transfer window with a positive balance of 60-70 million euros. There will certainly be a starter between Lautaro, Bastoni, Skriniar and Barella. These are the players with the highest value. Other departures are to be expected, in particular to be able to record arrivals“.
What is his profile?
Recruited for around 35 million euros in July 2017, the Slovak international recently confirmed his desire to join Inter for the long term. “Become a legend of this club? I would like to do something similar to Marek Hamsik at Napolihe confided in early June. My future is here, I have a contract and nothing has changed. There are transfer window rumors every six months, I’m happy hereBut Luis Campos, not yet officially appointed to PSG but already very active on the market, does not intend to give up his arms so easily. The Portuguese would have traveled to Lombardy in recent days to start initial discussions, a sign of his strong desire to recruit the Slovak this summer.On the Inter side, we opt for radio silence regarding this information.
Both the heart and the lungs of his team, Skriniar has become one of the best defenders in the Italian league over the seasons. In addition to his assertive character and his natural leadership, the defender also has a (very) imposing physique in duels and a good reading of the game allowing him to regularly anticipate his direct opponent. He also knows how to be dangerous in the opposing area, having scored four goals this season (11 in total in 215 games with Inter). With an average of 6.21 this season, he is among the top 10 highest rated defenders by The Gazzetta dello Sport.
“He’s just a giant “, wrote the daily after the match against Real Madrid last September, calling it “tank capable of crushing everything in its path“. Another good point: his ability to avoid injuries. They are almost non-existent: 48 matches this season, 39 in 2020-2021 (five matches missed due to the coronavirus) or 42 in 2019-2020. Hit in the knee with the Slovakia last week, the robust Skriniar suffered “only” from a muscular problem.
Accustomed to a three-man defense, but…
As for the system of the game, the latter is able to evolve in a defense of three or four. For the first option, the one used since the 2019-2020 season with Antonio Conte and pursued by Simone Inzaghi, he is generally aligned in the right axis alongside his friends Stefan De Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni. As for the second, it only concerns his selection, since we have to go back to Luciano Spalletti’s Inter (2017-2019) to find him in the club.
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During his time at Sampdoria, where he was initially ignored by Vincenzo Montella, the arrival of Giampaolo and his 4-3-1-2 allowed him to definitely explode, especially in the right axis. If he were to arrive at PSG, Skriniar would therefore probably compete with Marquinhos, even if his tactical versatility could shake up more than one. “He can cover all positions in defense, even if he is used to playing on the right. It is true that compared to Bastoni, for example, he presents this great versatility by always being very good“, confirms the journalist of The Gazzetta dello Sport.
A contract not yet extended
Regarding his contractual situation, Skriniar is currently engaged with Inter until 2023. The intention of both parties was to extend the adventure until 2027, with salary increase (from 3.5 to 5 million ) at stake. “An agreement seemed to have been reached“, assures the journalist. But for the moment, however, nothing has materialized for the one who is considered to be one of the senators in the locker room, even if the desire to continue together is very common. “The future lies with him“, assured Beppe Marotta, the administrator of the Lombard club, in February. But with a contract which expires in a year, the situation could begin to become urgent, especially if the interest of PSG turns into a concrete offer.
Elected best Slovak player of the year last March, for the third time in a row, the defender got a little closer to Marek Hamsik (8 wins) and Martin Skrtel (4 times), his idol. It is for this reason that he wears the number 37 on his shoulders. His will ? Continue to do so under the nerazzurre colors of Inter next season. But the transfer window could well come and act up …
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