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Chelsea lead race for Man Utd target

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Internazionale’s highly-rated centre-back Milan Skriniar, according to reports in Italy.

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has gone with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger as his centre-back pairing for all 12 Premier League matches so far this season.

However, Luiz is still seen as a liability and the Brazilian’s contract is actually due to expire in the summer. As is fellow centre-back Gary Cahill.

It could be all change in defence heading into the start of next season as Italian outlet La Repubblica are claiming that Chelsea are the favourites to sign Milan Skriniar. The Slovakian international is believed to be one of the main targets of Sarri.

Skriniar is only in his second season at the San Siro since joining from Sampdoria and we too have been strongly linked with a move for the 23-year-old. We could be in the market for a new centre-back as early as January.

Reports suggest that Inter won’t accept anything less than €80 million (£71m) for their star defender.

Milan Skriniar is a solid defender who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well. He’d certainly be a massive upgrade to our current centre-back partnership of Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.

Mourinho was left frustrated over the summer after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to sign any of the boss’ centre-back targets. We were strongly linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld, Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, among others.

Although January is often considered a difficult time to sign top players, I would expect us to land a new centre-back for the second half of the campaign. Diego Godin and Gary Cahill‘s names have both been mentioned in recent weeks.

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