Inter Milan are preparing a new contract for a striker to fend off Manchester United’s interest, while Chelsea’s price tag for a midfielder has put off Juventus, and Manchester City are stepping up their pursuit of a David Silva replacement – according to Friday’s European papers.
MAN UTD TO PICK BETWEEN HAALAND AND €111M STRIKER
Lautaro Martinez has emerged as an attacking target for Manchester United, despite his €111million release clause – but Erling Braut Haaland is another option.
According to FCInterNews, the Argentine striker is on United’s shortlist as they look for reinforcements up front.
Earlier reports had tipped United to battle with Inter for the signature of Bayern Munich veteran Thomas Muller, but they could be considering younger targets as well.
The report claims that Martinez, 23, is firmly on the radar of the Old Trafford hierarchy, with Inter preparing a new contract for him to ward off that interest.
As part of the new deal, his release clause would rise from €111m to at least €180m, while his salary would increase to €2.7m – nearly double what he currently earns.
With Barcelona also mentioned as an interested party, the report references United’s consideration of another promising striker, Erling Braut Haaland.
The RB Salzburg striker has started the season in red hot form, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who coached him at Molde – was recently in no mood to discuss a bid for the 19-year-old.
AND THE REST
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs to join Liverpool in their interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria (AS)
Man Utd-linked goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has rejected a new contract at Schalke as he pushes for a summer move to Bayern Munich (Bild)
Mario Mandzukic is willing to halve his wage demands so that he can join Manchester United in January (Tuttosport)
Juventus will refuse to pay more than the €100m asking price for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante (Calciomercato)
Chelsea sent scouts to watch Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic against Celtic on Thursday night (Tuttomercatoweb)
Leicester are lining up a move for Turkish midfielder Kerem Baykus (Fotospor)
Barcelona went to watch Brazilian duo Rodrigo Caio and Everton in a recent Copa Libertadores match (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid will go all out to sign Kylian Mbappe next summer, although PSG value him at what would be a world record €300m (AS)
Barcelona have also joined the race for Dinamo Zagreb winger Dani Olmo, who was linked with a Premier League move over the summer (Don Balon)
Schalke and RB Leipzig have entered the race for Werder Bremen midfielder Milot Rashica (Bild)
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen could sign a double-your-money new contract with Barcelona (Don Balon)
Manchester City are watching Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz, with a view to him becoming a long-term replacement for David Silva (Sport)
Juventus veteran Giorgio Chiellini has announced he will retire within the next couple of years (various)
Lazio are considering sacking Simone Inzaghi and replacing him with Gennaro Gattuso (Tuttomercatoweb)
Man Utd have signed 16-year-old winger Mateo Mejia from Real Zaragoza for €150k (El Periodico de Aragon)
Inter Milan could sign Ivan Rakitic for €38m in January (El Desmarque)
Rakitic’s Barcelona teammate Arturo Vidal is another midfield target for Inter, along with Man Utd’s Nemanja Matic (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Jack Rodwell will take a trial with Roma today ahead of a potential transfer – although he is competing with Marcel Buchel (Il Tempo)
Former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has three games to save his job at Torino (Calciomercato)
Inter Milan want to reward attacking starlet Sebastiano Esposito with a new five-year contract once he turns 18 (Corriere Dello Sport)
Diego Maradona has urged Dries Mertens to stay at Napoli after the attacker overtook him in the club’s all-time goalscoring charts (Corriere Dello Sport)