Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Milan Skriniar after Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti responded to rumours surrounding his future.

    The 23-year-old Slovakian defender has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as they eye defensive reinforcements and struggle to strike a deal to sign number one target Kalidou Koulibaly.

    But Inter have reportedly opened contract talks with Skriniar as they look to keep hold of their man – and Spalletti has categorically ruled out a move.

    He was asked about Skriniar’s future after their 6-2 thrashing of Benevento in the Coppa Italia on Sunday and said: “Skriniar is staying here, he is out of everybody’s price range.

    “Nobody can afford him,” he added.

    It comes just after Skriniar also moved to deny reports linking him with a move away from the San Siro.

    “You write things that you don’t even know,” Skriniar posted on his Instagram story, which was later deleted, in response to an article in the Slovakian press.

    “You are sh***. Now write an article on this.”

    It appears although Skriniar is staying put in Italy, and Manchester United may now have to turn their attentions elsewhere if they are to land a new centre-back this transfer window.

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