Manchester City are still keen on signing Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to reports.
City have failed to live up to their own lofty expectations this season and will almost certainly lose their Premier League crown to Liverpool when the season is back underway.
Their defence has cost them with the failure to replace departed captain Vincent Kompany and injuries to Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi leading to an unstable foundation in the team.
It's of little surprise that City are now being linked with several quality centre-backs ahead of the summer transfer window, with Benfica's Ruben Dias, Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City and Bayern Munich's David Alaba all touted.
The latest name to resurface is the towering Skriniar, who was repeatedly linked with a switch to the Etihad in the summer.
According to CalcioMercato, via SportWitness, Inter may be prepared to sacrifice their star defender in order to raise funds, if they manage to keep hold of highly-coveted forward Lautaro Martinez.
However, it's claimed that the Milanese side are holding out for €80m for the Slovakian, which may put the Blues off after they baulked at that asking price for Harry Maguire in the summer.
The report states that Pep Guardiola hasn't given up on the signing and could make an offer in the summer, though much depends on Inter's own window.
A big part of any deal would be the future of Martinez but the frontman won't be going to City, according to reports.
The Argentine has established himself as one of the world's most exciting strikers this season, with 16 goals and four assists in 31 games, and has inevitably been linked with a big move.
City are one of the teams to have been linked with Martinez but, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, via SportWitness, he isn't interested in a move to Manchester.
It's reported that the 22-year-old's short-term aim is to help Inter reclaim Serie A once again and that only Barcelona, the home of his compatriot Lionel Messi, could convince him to leave.