Manchester United’s attempts to strengthen their defence continue even though the World Cup is in full swing.

United are reportedly looking for alternatives to domestic options as Tottenham Hotspur continue to be tough negotiators; Jose Mourinho has reportedly cast an eye over at Inter Milan for their centre back Milan Skriniar. Indeed, the interest is said to be so serious that the English club apparently made an offer of £57m for the 23 year old last week, which was dismissed out of hand by Inter.

The Slovakian defender has now admitted that he was flattered by the interest. “Manchester United? I heard from them and it made me proud,” he said, according to the Daily Star. “But I’m even happier that Inter decided to reject it and that they believe so much in me.”

Quotes direct from the Slovakian federation website present the player’s comments in a much more reserved light. “I’m glad United are interested in me, but Inter decided on how they decided, so I can not say anything more about it,” he is reported as saying. “I am, however, satisfied.”

Skriniar became the most expensive Slovakian player of all time when he moved to Inter last summer and his form has impressed not only United but also Barcelona.

Should United have a genuine interest in the player, then negotiations aside, it would appear to be one of the potentially less complicated transfers to work on as he is not at the World Cup. His transfer would surely make United’s odds of winning the Premier League more favourable.