Manchester United are trying to tempt Napoli into a swap deal for striker Victor Osimhen by offering a player in return, while Arsenal have joined Barcelona in the hunt for an Atletico Madrid attacker – both in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
UNITED OFFER STAR IN OSIMHEN SWAP
Manchester United are ready to offer a player in return after seeing their initial bid for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen rebuffed.
The Nigerian international moved to Naples from Lille in 2020 and has gone from strength to strength to Italy.
Indeed, the 23-year-old has scored 16 goals and added seven assists this season at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
A number of Premier League clubs, including United, Arsenal and Newcastle have shown an interest. But Area Napoli claims that the Red Devils are the ones who have firmed up that interest.
They report that while an offer was made it was ‘considered too low’ by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
But United are not done yet and are ready to put Anthony Martial’s ‘card on the plate’ in a potential swap deal.
The report adds that Martial is valued at £25.5million (€30m) in the current market and will be moved on. Indeed, the Frenchman has yet to score a LaLiga goal doing his loan stint with Sevilla.
However, there is one big problem on the horizon – Napoli are not keen on the player.
Manchester United offer Martial to Napoli for Osimhen
Napoli rejected Manchester United's first offer for Victor Osimhen, now the Red Devils are looking to offer Anthony Martial in a swap deal.
That comes as no great surprise, given Martial’s struggles this season. That will leave United either having to offer another player or turn their attentions elsewhere.
As for Osimhen himself, he recently spoke about where he sees his immediate future.
ARSENAL, BARCA IN MORATA BATTLE
Barcelona and Arsenal are both looking to sign Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in the summer. (AS)
Robert Lewandowski has personally told Bayern Munich that he will not be extending his contract, which runs out in the summer of 2023, is due to end in the summer of 2023. (Sky Sports Deutschland)
Arsenal, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Juventus, Inter and Milan are chasing Charly Alcaraz, a player hailed as the next Lautaro Martinez. (Marca)
Napoli have named a price tag of between €25m and €30m for Chelsea and Barcelona target Kalidou Koulibaly. (Diario Sport)
Romelu Lukaku’s agent admits there is ‘a problem’ for his client at Chelsea but ensures talks with Inter or Milan have not begun yet: ‘We have to wait.’ (La Repubblica)
MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Barcelona are struggling to find the financial space they need to sign Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski. (Mundo Deportivo)
Leeds United are keen on Real Zaragoza striker Ivan Azon and are ‘monitoring’ his development this season. (Heraldo)
Real Madrid are preparing to put a lucrative contract offer to winger Vinicius Junior. (Mundo Deportivo)
Roma boss Jose Mourinho is pushing to sign Paulo Dybala and even informed the Argentinean about his desire in January. (Il Corriere dello Sport)
Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson will hold talks with Mikel Arteta about his future after a year-long loan at Feyenoord. (Fabrizio Romano)
Inter Milan are looking to sign a midfielder in the summer transfer window. Nice’s Kephren Thuram, Sassuolo’s Davide Frattesi, Lecce’s Morten Hjulmand or TSG Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch are all targets. (Calciomercato)
City Group, the holding company that owns a number of football teams including Manchester City, are edging closer to completing their takeover of Palermo. (Football Italia)