According to a recent report, Barcelona is interested in signing Inter Milan midfielder Milan Skriniar in January.
According to reports, the Catalan club is trying to sign the Slovak defender, whose contract at San Siro expires at the conclusion of this season.
Skriniar is having a solid season at the Italian club, having already put in a few stunning performances at the heart of their defence.
The 27-year-old made 15 appearances for Inter this season but has yet to establish his goal scoring account in all competitions.
The Slovak sensation has performed admirably on the defensive end of the game, averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, and 1.6 clearances per 90 minutes in Serie A.
He’s also quite good at distributing the ball from the back, as proven by his pass success percentage of 92.3% in the Italian top flight (stats via whoscored).
Skriniar’s contract is about to expire, which should give Barcelona a lot of incentive to sign him on a free transfer next summer.
Skriniar is an experienced defender who can swiftly sense the danger and recover the ball for his team inside his half.
He can get in some crunching tackles to make the opposition’s life miserable. Skriniar is also capable of playing in both centre-half positions.
When necessary, the Slovakia international will clear the danger and use his muscular 1.88m frame to dominate the opponents in the air. He is also a good passer of the ball and doesn’t mind working his way out from the back.
Skriniar, 27, is in the prime of his playing career and is well-equipped to make an immediate impact at the Nou Camp if Xavi can find a way to get him in before the end of the season.
Skriniar will undoubtedly improve the quality of Barcelona’s defence, but it remains to be seen whether he can adjust to life in Spanish football smoothly.
Still, the benefits of signing him outweigh the drawbacks, thus Barcelona would be wise to sign him on a free transfer when his contract with Inter Milan expires next summer.