Man City are monitoring long-term United transfer target Milan Skriniar with the view to making a January swoop, according to reports.
The defender, 24, joined Inter Milan from Sampdoria in 2017 and has established himself as one of Europe’s top centre-backs.
And now, according to the Mirror, City are considering making a move for the Slovakian star.
He played every minute of their Champions League group and is yet to miss any part of the Serie A season, with the San Siro club ahead of Juventus at the top of the league.
The Slovakia international has 31 caps under his belt and has previously been deployed as a holding midfielder due to his ability on the ball.
City’s defensive woes have been obvious this season after Vincent Kompany left and Aymeric Laporte got injured.
The reigning Premier League champions have received a boost with the Frenchman back in training but if Pep Guardiola is to stay beyond the end of this season, he will surely want to bring in another defender to help improve the squad.
Skriniar was previously linked with City’s rivals Manchester United while Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also reportedly interested.
He is under contract with Inter until 2023 after signing an extension in May and, speaking in October, insisted he is happy at Inter.
The defender said: “I feel good here, I have a very good relationship with the fans.
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“I do not miss anything here and I play regularly – that’s crucial for me, that’s why I decided to take this step. I’m not planning to change [clubs].”
City have also been linked with Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu but the Foxes insist they are unwilling to sell any key players this month.
The Turkish international has enjoyed an incredible breakthrough season at the King Power under Brendan Rodgers, stepping into the boots vacated by Harry Maguire.