Chelsea FC to rival Man United in race to sign 23-year-old Slovakia star – report

Chelsea FC are interested in Manchester United target Milan Skriniar to improve Maurizio Sarri's defence, according to a report

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea FC have entered the race to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, but will face competition from their Premier League rivals Manchester United, according to a report in England.

The Sun is reporting that Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri has identified Skriniar as a potential signing capable of improving his defence as the Italian looks to raid Serie A.

The same article states that Manchester United have been long-term admirers of the Slovakian defender but the Red Devils will now have to contend with Chelsea FC’s interest.

According to the same story, Sarri is keen to reinforce his defence given that Gary Cahill and David Luiz are in the twilight of their careers, while Andreas Christensen has grown disillusioned at Stamford Bridge.

The Sun adds that Chelsea FC and Manchester United will have to pay a transfer fee in the region of £70m to secure Skriniar’s signature.

While the Italian head coach is keen to improve his back four, Chelsea FC have been relatively solid under the former Napoli manager in the Premier League season.

The Blues have conceded eight times in 12 games in the Premier League so far, which is the third best defensive record behind Manchester City and Liverpool FC.

Chelsea FC failed to sign a defender in the summer, although the west London side made Kepa Arrizabalaga the most expensive goalkeeper in the world following his £71m move from Athletic Bilbao.

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