It is impossible to not notice: those tackles, those runs forward, that competitiveness and the emotional charge. Together, they have exalted the entire fanbase. Milan Skriniar arrived in Appiano in the summer of 2017 but after just a few weeks, he already felt at home, like that of a family. He is a leader of this group, untouchable in the starting lineup of Luciano Spalletti. Last season, he did not miss one minute in the league: 38 games played out of 38, with four goals as icing on the cake.
That did not happen this year: Skriniar got hurt just before season debut against Sassuolo and so he did not play. Then he had another day of rest on matchday 7 at home against Cagliari, that was the end of September. Since then, Milan has always been the pillar of the Inter defense, both in Serie A and the Champions League where he did not miss even a minute. While in Serie A, Milan Skriniar has only stayed out of the pitch for 190 minutes, out of the possible 3930.
Yes, because not only Milan always starts, he has never been replaced in over a year and a half as Inter player. Untouchable. Irreplaceable. The Slovakian center back has become the pivot of the future project but he has a big question mark. It is not a mystery that Skriniar is liked by the biggest clubs in European football. Last summer, Inter rejected 80 million euros from Manchester United. After the experience in the Champions League, the value of Skriniar has increased and it is easy to think that today, to steal him away from Inter, at least 100 million euros is needed.
“If I were Barcelona, I would bring 120 million, plus 20 million in tip. And if I were Real Madrid, I would bring 140 million, plus 40 in tip,” said Luciano Spalletti at the press conference after the challenge against Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League.
It is the law of the transfer market where everything (or everyone) has a price. It is obvious that Inter do not have the slightest intention of losing Milan Skriniar but it is also normal that facing a massive offer, it would be impossible not to at least consider it. Especially since Skriniar has been negotiating for a new contract for months. The former Sampdoria defender makes 1.7 million net per season, that is destined to rise slightly starting 2019 and until 2022 when his contract expires.
In the meetings after the end of last season, Inter offered 50% increase: 2.5 million a year until 2023 but the player is hesitating because he would like at least 3 million a season. Or maybe because he is curious to understand which teams could make a better offer. Difficult to stay no to Real Madrid or Barcelona. Inter, extend his contract.