Milan Škriniar's agent has claimed the Inter defender is closer to reaching an agreement to join Real Madrid rather than arch rivals Barcelona.

The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the finest centre-backs in Serie A and, as a result, he has long been of major interest to numerous European giants. Featuring 16 times in all competitions so far this season, he has been a fixture in Antonio Conte's side.

Milan Skriniar

While several scouts from across Europe have been tracking Škriniar for a while now, ​it has recently been reported that Barcelona and Real Madrid are considering a move for the Slovakia international in January, when the transfer window opens. 

Škriniar's agent Mithat Halis, a partner at Star & Friends, the company that represents the player, has now placed a hefty price tag on the Inter man while he also claimed that Los Blancos are currently leading the race to sign him.

"Škriniar is worth €100m. Real Madrid and ​Barcelona have been competing for his signature for the last two years," he revealed, ​as quoted by AS.

"Now Real Madrid are closer to reaching an agreement with Inter Milan because they want - and need - him much more than Barcelona.

"​Real Madrid have to look for alternatives to their centre-backs, Ramos and Varane." AS report that the agent went on to reveal that he can 'see the defender going to Madrid'.

Sergio Ramos,Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane's men have made a strong start to the 2019/20 La Liga campaign, currently sat second in the table behind Barça, who have a marginally better goal difference. Sergio Ramos and Raphaël Varane have been Real's first-choice centre-back partnership this season, but they may look to bolster in this department, with the former now reaching the twilight years of his career.

Škriniar only signed a new contract with ​Inter back in May, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2023, but this clearly hasn't stopped clubs from showing an interest in the player.