Real Madrid are reportedly ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona in the race to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar with the Spanish giants keen to fix their leaky defence in the summer.
The Los Blancos failure to sign a central defender last summer following the high profile departure of Portuguese defender Pepe to Turkish side Besiktas seems to have backfired as the European champions have conceded
the highest number of goals (33) among the top four teams in the La Liga this term.
Having endured an underwhelming campaign in the League this season, the La Liga giants are expected to spend heavily in the summer and reinforce in key areas in a bid to wrestle back the La Liga title from rivals
Barcelona next term.
It is believed manger Zinedine Zidane has earmarked Milan Skriniar as the ideal partner for Sergio Ramos in the heart of the defence after series of inconsistent performances from the likes of Raphael Varane and Nacho.
Reports suggest talks have already begun with Skriniar’s agent ahead of a potential summer move after making a huge impression on suitors following his series of eye-catching performances for the Italian giants so far this season.
Although, the Slovakian international could he the subject of a two-way transfer battle between both Real Madrid and Barcelona with the Catalan viewing him as a long-term replacement for Gerard Pique.
The 23-year-old joined Inter Milan last summer for a reported fee of €20 million from Sampdoria and he is known for his strong tackling abilities, concentration, passing, winning aerial duels, versatility, anticipation and leadership qualities.
He has featured in 30 games for the Nerazzurri across all competition this term scoring four times and he is often deployed as a centre-back but he can also play as a defensive midfielder if need be.
Given his age and massive potential, he will be a quality addition to the Los Blancos squad.