Report: Chelsea now willing to push to sign 'irreplaceable' talent who Jose Mourinho loves

Chelsea are reportedly set to up their interest in Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.

According to Di Marzio, the Blues are ready to rival PSG for the Slovakian, with the French side already having a bid rejected.

Skriniar was a stalwart for the defending Serie A champions last season, making 48 appearances in all competitions.

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The 27-year-old has been recognised as one of the best defenders in the world, with Fabrizio Romano claiming that he is a player who Jose Mourinho ‘loves’, as he looked to sign him for Tottenham last year.

Italian media are also a fan of the Inter captain, describing him as “irreplaceable and flawless”.

PSG had originally taken pole position on the signing, making the first official bid of around £52m to test the waters.

However, now Chelsea are looking to reaffirm their interest in the centre-back, with them free to get to work on transfers as the departure of Romelu Lukaku is nearly confirmed.

Di Marzio said that they had enquired into Skriniar when finalising Lukaku’s move the other way, but now they are ready to advance with their negotiations.

Chelsea’s wishlist for defenders is extensive, with Matthijs de Ligt’s another name leading reports over the last few days.

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The club have already been strongly linked to Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, with the need for reinforcements obvious following departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

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Skriniar would be an excellent addition to the Blues’ defensive options, with his ability to play in any of the centre-back roles a bonus for a team which plays three at the back.

The Slovakian would likely be not the only defender through the door this summer, so the club would do well to get negotiating with the club they’ve been in near-endless talks with this summer.

However, after PSG’s rejected bid Chelsea know they’re getting into a big-money transfer saga, with a club who have never been shy to pay what’s necessary for a signing.

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.