The Lowdown: Sky Blues solid defence…
Pep Guardiola’s side have conceded the joint-second fewest league goals so far this season with only Newcastle United boasting a better defensive record.
City’s centre-half roster is, arguably, the English top flight’s most impressive as Guardiola has John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake and summer signing Manuel Akanji to call upon.
Promising defensive youngsters are also turning heads at Eastlands, most recently full-back Rico Lewis, who became City’s youngest ever Champions League goalscorer against Sevilla on Wednesday.
Despite the Sky Blues’ serious depth at the back, some transfer opportunities are seemingly too good to ignore, with journalist Graeme Bailey of 90min sharing news on their interest in Skriniar.
The Latest: City make ‘contact’ for Skriniar…
The Slovakia international, whose deal at Inter expires in 2023, is fast becoming a man in demand and is considered one of Europe’s best centre-backs.
Skriniar’s contract situation, according to 90min and Bailey, has attracted attention from City who have ‘been in contact with his representatives’.
The report adds this is ‘in recent weeks’ with Skriniar also being targeted by a host of top-flight clubs – including Guardiola’s arch-rivals Liverpool.
The Verdict: Get it done?
If City can convince the 27-year-old to join for free next summer, it could be considered one of the club’s biggest transfer coups in recent years.
Called ‘sensational’ by verified football writer David Amoyal, Skriniar’s 2022/2023 statistics certainly back his status as an imperious defender. As per WhoScored, the elite ball player has averaged a brilliant 92% pass accuracy out from the back, with numbers like this indicating he could fit like a glove into this City team.
Only Italy international star Nicolo Barella has played more Serie A minutes than Skriniar this season with the Inter untouchable proving to be a crucial player for manager Simone Inzaghi. You’d expect that the Nerazzurri will be desperate to tie him down, but if no agreement can be reached, City could surely pounce.