Captain’s armband offered to Chelsea transfer target

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Italian club Inter Milan have reportedly offered Milan Skriniar a new deal and the captain’s armband amid interest from Chelsea.

The centre-back has been heavily linked with a switch to the Premier League for a while now, with Chelsea one of several clubs reportedly considering a move.

Skriniar is out of contract at the end of the season and Inter Milan are keen on agreeing a new contract with the defender to halt a transfer to Chelsea as a free agent.

Writing for CaughtOffside, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano gave an update on the Slovakian. He said: “Despite what you may have read elsewhere, Milan Skriniar is not in negotiations to join Newcastle as of now.

“Chelsea were considering him last summer, PSG have always been leading the race, but Inter are still pushing to extend his contract. A new deal and the captain’s armband have been offered – it’s now up to Skriniar; he has to decide.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Armando Broja is set to miss the rest of the season after being told he needs surgery on the knee injury he sustained in Sunday’s friendly defeat against Aston Villa, according to Evening Standard.

An anterior cruciate ligament injury will leave the Albania international with a minimum of five months on the sidelines but it could be a maximum of 12 in the worst-case scenario.

Broja will undergo a surgery imminently but his chances of featuring again this term are remote and is more likely to be targeting a return in time for the start of the 2022/23 season.