Report: Chelsea have now met with £59m player's agent in London, as they try and seal signing

Reports suggest that Chelsea have held a meeting with the agent of Milan Skriniar over a potential transfer.

According to Calcio Mercato, agent Paulo Bersado was spotted in London as the parties discussed a potential move to Stamford Bridge.

It is no secret anymore that Chelsea are beginning to become desperate in their quest to strengthen the central defensive area.

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This comes after adding Jules Kounde’s name to a growing list of players who have not been secured by the Blues, despite strong interest.

Skriniar was a name the club were reportedly considering back towards the start of the transfer window, although it looked likely he would be joining PSG instead.

However, the French champions have reportedly fallen short of the fee required by Inter Milan to sell this summer, with them reportedly wanting £59m for the signing.

Chelsea meet with Skriniar’s agent

This has reportedly sparked the Blues’ interest again, although Calcio Mercato claim that they are also still some distance away from the Nerazzurri’s valuation.

The experienced Slovakian would be a welcome sight for Thomas Tuchel, who is attempting to squeeze every last drop of nous out of Thiago Silva before he leaves West London.

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Adding Skriniar would also see the German potentially begin to be able to utilise a four-back system, with him looking a competent partner to go alongside already-signed Kalidou Koulibaly.

While his price tag looks high, the 27-year-old is entering the prime of his career for a centre-back, and the club have left themselves in a vulnerable position when trying to buy this upcoming month.

With everyone knowing they need reinforcements and soon, the fees club can demand is higher, knowing the club will eventually bite. This can be seen in Leicester City’s valuation of Wesley Fofana.

If the price of those two is going to be similar, Skriniar’s experience at the top of the game should see Chelsea prioritise signing him before the season starts.  

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.