Paris Saint-Germain agreed to a pre-contract with Milan Skriniar, but the capital club attempted to bring the 27-year-old defender this January transfer window rather than wait until the summer.
Additionally, PSG was not the only one pushing for a move this month since Skriniar also wanted to head to the French capital.
CBS Spots’ Ben Jacobs reported on Tuesday, citing sources, that the Slovakian international did absolutely everything in his power to try and get a deal now and not wait until the summer.
The reigning Ligue 1 champions held firm in their stance and were unwilling to meet the €20 million asking price that Inter Milan wanted to let Skriniar leave. As a result, PSG will need to wait to get their defender, who will anchor their backline.
Milan Skriniar won't be joining this window. As reported, PSG held firm over Inter's €20m January valuation and have signed him on a summer free. Understand Skriniar did absolutely everything in his power to try and get a deal now, but no agreement reached. pic.twitter.com/8eDnXGK2ax
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 31, 2023
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta commented on the matter after the club revealed that the defender would remain with the Serie A side for the final six months of his contract.
“There are players who change shirts all the time; it’s just something we have to accept; it’s far from the football of romanticism and passion,” Marotta told SportMediaset (h/t Sempre Inter). “We don’t like it and neither do the fans, but they’re professionals.
“Skriniar made a choice that’s well within his rights to make, and we’re obligated to respect it. We’re certain that he will continue to demonstrate the same professionalism and seriousness that he always has in all the months to come before the season is over, and that he’s up to the task of continuing to represent this shirt,” he made clear of Skriniar.”