Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd ponder ‘desperate’ swap attempt to steer top target away from first-choice club; Man City wade into Liverpool transfer battle
Manchester United could make a January swap attempt for a Serie A star, while Manchester City engage in a Liverpool transfer battle – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD SWAP DEAL FOR SKRINIAR
Manchester United could try to tempt Milan Skriniar to Old Trafford from Inter with a swap deal proposal in January, a report claims.
The Slovakia centre-back has proved a stalwart for his Serie A employers since his 2017 arrival from Sampdoria. Taking in 226 appearances in all competitions, he earned a new contract in 2019.
After that, Skriniar played a starring role under Antonio Conte to help lead Inter to league title triumph. Since then, though, his future has come back into view with his contract running down.
In fact, his deal runs out next summer and Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain both had links with Skriniar in the most recent transfer window.
According to InterLive, Inter want to tie the 27-year-old to a new deal to keep him at the Italian giants through his prime years. However, both parties are no closer to finding an agreement.
Man Utd have subsequently locked onto the idea of signing him in the upcoming transfer windows.
Aware that Skriniar’s ‘first choice’ option would be to sign for PSG on a free transfer next summer, the Red Devils are considering a ‘desperate’ January attempt at a swap deal.
The report claims that United could offer either Anthony Martial or Donny van de Beek. Although, Inter are likely to reject the addition of the two players.
Striker Martial’s Old Trafford future remains uncertain despite his recent brace against Manchester City.
And Van de Beek’s United tenure has not got going at all, even after reuniting with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
As for how Skriniar would fit in at Man Utd, captain Harry Maguire’s future is up in the air as he continues to be overlooked by Ten Hag in place of summer signing Lisandro Martinez.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Manchester City are firmly in the hunt to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Liverpool target Jude Bellingham. (Sport1)
Manchester United are still keen on signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong after failing to sign the Dutchman this summer. (Fichajes)
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have registered interest in Lucas Bergvall, A 16-year-old Swedish starlet impressing for IF Brommapojkarna. (FotbollDirekt)
Christopher Nkunku is itching to move to Chelsea following news of his impending RB Leipzig exit going public. (Bild)
FC Nordsjælland star Andreas Schjelderup has admitted that fresh transfer links with Liverpool make him feel “confident”. Meanwhile, his father has rejected reports that the 18-year-old could have moved to Anfield when he was younger. (Bold / VG)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REACTION
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has declared that “there is still a lot of Champions League to play” after his side lost 2-0 to Club Brugge on Tuesday. (AS)
However, Barcelona manager Xavi has admitted he is “worried” and his side “must compete better” after their 1-0 defeat to Inter. (Marca)
In fact, Barca are ready to report referee Slavko Vincic to UEFA after feeling aggrieved over several incidents, including a disallowed Pedri goal and Denzel Dumfries’ potential handball in the penalty area. (Radio Catalunya)
Atletico have agreed to pay Barcelona €20million (£17million) to resolve their financial dispute over Antoine Griezmann. (Carrusel Deportivo)
Roma want to hand manager Jose Mourinho a new contract until 2026. (La Repubblica)
EURO PAPER TALK – EVERTON STAR LAUDED BY NATIONAL BOSS
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says Everton midfielder Amadou Onana gives his national team “qualities that we haven’t seen” since Marouane Fellaini. (Het Laatste Nieuws)
Rafael Benitez has rejected Nottingham Forest after their advances amid doubt over Steve Cooper’s future as manager. (AS)
Chelsea are not the only Premier League club keen on Rafael Leao, with Tottenham also in the hunt for the AC Milan forward. (Calciomercato)
Furthermore, Spurs have joined Everton and Borussia Dortmund in the race for Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus. (Bild)
Darwin Nunez has admitted that he struggles with the language barrier between himself and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. (ESPN Vivo)