Who is Milan Skriniar, the player tracked by PSG?

He is Luis Campos’ top priority for the next transfer window. Milan Skriniar could land in the capital from Inter Milan. Arrived from Slovakia in 2016, he has become a reference in his position in Italy, but also in Europe.

Early debut in the Slovak league

In 2012, at just 17, Milan Skriniar made his professional debut with MSK Zilina. Two years later, after a loan to Zlate Moravce, the defender has already established himself as the holder of his training club. At the same time he is called up to the various youth teams of Slovakia. His performances in Fortuna Liga seduced Sampdoria who recruited him in the winter of 2016 for a million euros.

In Italy, adaptation is more complicated. The young rookie does not benefit from the confidence of Vincenzo Montella and only plays three matches in six months. He still honors his first cap with the A’s of his country against Georgia on May 27, 2016. As good news never comes alone, Marco Giampaolo was appointed a few days later on the Genoese bench to replace Montella. Exit the 3-5-2, the technician makes him one of the basic men of his four-man defense.

Captain of Slovakia, Milan Skriniar has 54 selections with his country.  (Igor Soban/Pixsell/Expa/Sports Press)

Captain of Slovakia, Milan Skriniar has 54 selections with his country. (Igor Soban/Pixsell/Expa/Sports Press)

The stranger turned jailer

Milan Skriniar seized this opportunity. Established during the 4th day against AC Milan, he has not left the eleven of the season. The Slovak brought defensive stability to a team that was on the brink of relegation the season before. Samp finished tenth this time, far from the relegation zone. The 22-year-old then began to catch the eye of top European clubs. Atlético de Madrid and Bayern Munich were interested, but it was Inter Milan, in full reconstruction, who recovered the bet. On July 7, 2017, he signed up with the Lombards for 23 million euros.

In Milan, the acclimatization was much faster than in Genoa. Number 37 has played all the minutes of the Serie A season and has become a squad leader. Seventh and non-European before his arrival, Internazionale have been transformed. The Nerazzurri remained undefeated in the first sixteen days of the Championship and finished in fourth place, synonymous with the Champions League. Stefan De Vrij, Lautaro Martinez and Milan Skriniar symbolize the return to the forefront of the Milan team. In 2021, they ended Turin’s hegemony and brought back the club’s first Scudetto since 2010.

A profile suitable for PSG?

“He will become one of the best central defenders in Europe”, had warned Giampaolo. The Italian had aimed right. At the end of the contract in 2023, the captain of Slovakia is coveted by PSG and its new strongman Luis Campos who wants to densify the defensive sector. He has the advantage of being able to be part of a defense with three or four, and sometimes to help out in defensive midfield. Endowed with an excellent sense of anticipation, the imposing defender (1.88 m) is very clean in his interventions, far from the rough image that his stature can convey. If Alessandro Bastoni remains the preferential spearhead in Milan, Milan Skriniar is also capable of ensuring the recovery. 93.2% of his passes reach the feet of his teammates. Even in the long game, he maintains this percentage at 86.2% success.

Its integration would be all the easier as the player is complete. The champion of France could count on a reliable player, almost never injured, who rarely goes through his matches. The man with 54 selections is also present during major events. On April 3, against Juventus, he notably muzzled Dusan Vlahovic, the striker of the moment in Italy. On paper, the Slovak ticks all the boxes to win in Paris. It remains to be seen whether Inter Milan, which failed only two points behind AC Milan in the Championship, will let one of its executives go.

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