Report: 27-year-old's asking price now goes up to £59m, but Chelsea are still considering signing him

Inter Milan have reportedly increased the asking price of their defender Milan Skriniar, who’s attracting interest from Chelsea this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have looked at the 27-year-old centre-back as a potential transfer target during this window.

However, the report claims Inter have now ramped up his asking price to £59million after they failed in their bid to sign Gleison Bremer

Skriniar, who’s been an important player at the San Siro since joining Inter back in 2017, is a no-nonsense aggressive centre-half. It looks like the Blues will need to spend big to get him this summer, though.

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Milan Skriniar asking price

Inter appear determined to keep Skriniar after bumping up his price tag to a near-£60million fee.

At first glance, it’s not a crazy sum of money for a top-quality centre-back entering the prime years of his career. This is before you recognise he’s entering the final year of his contract, though.

Chelsea managed to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Inter’s Serie A rivals Napoli this summer for £33million, which shows there’s still bargains to be found in the window.

Let’s see how much Thomas Tuchel’s side really want Skriniar in light of his valuation shift. For now, they appear to still be considering him.

Sevilla’s 23-year-old centre-back Jules Kounde is the defender most strongly linked with joining the Blues recently, but a latest claim is that manager Tuchel has doubts about signing him.

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Players in their prime

Chelsea supporters are desperate for more business to be done in this window, but the two signings of Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling so far have been impressive.

There’s a clear idea in place to sign players at the peak of their powers, which is why Koulibaly and Sterling should both improve the starting XI.

Skriniar would fit that mould of someone ready to immediately boost the Blues XI.

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