Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd to trump Newcastle to star defender with convincing deal laid out

Goncalo Inacio, Tondela v Sporting April 2022

Manchester United are in the lead for a top centre-back signing, while Liverpool striker Divock Origi receives a fresh exit offer – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.


Manchester United lead Newcastle in the race for Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio due to their convincing transfer plan, according to a report.

The Red Devils have reportedly identified a new centre-back as a key priority for this summer’s market. While Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly are among the current options, incoming manager Erik ten Hag will have his own ideas.

The Ajax boss has indeed worked with exciting centre-backs at Ajax, namely Matthijs de Ligt and Perr Schuurs.

According to A Bola, United have now identified Sporting’s Portuguese talent Inacio as a summer target.

In fact, Man Utd reportedly lead Newcastle in the race for the Portugal Under-21 international.

Indeed, United plan to meet Inacio’s €45million (£38million) release clause They will offer €40milion (£34million) up front and then cover the rest through bonuses and add-ons.

Inacio only made his league debut for Sporting in October 2020 and has made 68 more outings since then.

After firmly establishing himself in the team as the last campaign went on, he has only missed two of the past 25 league games.

The centre-back only signed a new contract in April and those new terms run until 2026. However, Sporting are ready to accept his exit for the right price.

As well as a centre-back, Man Utd are reportedly after a new midfielder and striker this summer.


Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi celebrating

Newcastle have made an offer to Liverpool striker Divock Origi ahead of him becoming a free agent. However, the Belgian has given his word to AC Milan. (Calciomercato)

Aston Villa have managed to reduce the permanent fee for on-loan Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho. They will now pay a maximum of €20million (£17million) instead of €40million (£34million). (Mundo Deportivo)

Although, Newcastle still feel they can snare Coutinho away from Villa, with the Magpies in contact with Barca. (Goal)

Manchester City have told Arsenal that summer striker target Gabriel Jesus will cost a minimum of €50million (£43million). (UOL)

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s talks over a deal to sign Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans are going smoothly. (Voetbalkrant)


Konrad Laimer, Christopher Nkunku, RB Leipzig celeb during Europa League quarter-final second leg tie v Atalanta

Chelsea have registered interest in RB Leipzig midfielder Christopher Nnkunku and are also eyeing defender Josko Gvardiol. (Sky Germany)

However, Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick is also keen on France international Nkunku. (Sky Germany)

Liverpool have made a first offer to Monaco as they look to win the race for France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. (Fichajes)

Thierry Henry has backed the Reds to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final but added that Karim Benzema will beat Sadio Mane to the Ballon d’Or. (Football Espana)

Liverpool will open contract negotiations with Mane at the end of the season and feel relaxed about the situation, following links with Bayern Munich. (Goal)


Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has insisted that Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is not for sale unless a “world-class” club stumps up an “important offer”. Indeed, Lotito added that he has previously rejected €140million (£120million) for the midfielder. (Rai Sport)

Former Rangers star Marco Negri has labelled Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side “already legends” following their progress to the Europa League final. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Brentford midfielder Christian Norgaard has confirmed interest from elsewhere but added that he has not taken any of the proposals “seriously”. (Tipsbladet)

Man Utd are showing the most interest in Club Atletico Colon youngster Facundo Farias. Roma, Sassuolo and Udinese are also monitoring the 19-year-old’s progress. (AS)

Leonardo Spinazzola has revealed how he was “dreaming” of returning to action for Roma on Monday. The Italian full-back made his comeback from Achilles tendon injury suffered at Euro 2020. (DAZN)