Man Utd have been handed a major boost to their hopes of signing a £99m striker, while Chelsea and Man City want an Atletico Madrid defender, according to Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD HANDED ADVANTAGE IN STRIKER CHASE
Manchester United have been given a massive boost in their hopes of landing an Inter Milan hotshot this summer.
Lautaro Martinez is the player in question, with favourites Barcelona deciding to postpone their chase for the attacker.
Barca-based paper La Vanguardia, as cited by ESPN, claims that the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu has halted a proposed deal to sign the Argentine.
The report states that Bartomeu does not want to make a big signing without first selling several players in this transfer window.
Barca are set to lose €200m in the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic. While next season’s budget will now be €800m, a €300m reduction with what the club had initially set.
Barca had reportedly agreed personal terms with Martinez, with a five-year deal worth €12m on the cards.
However, they are now aware that a player exchange will not be enough to convince Inter to sell Martinez.
That has seemingly opened the door for United, who are in the market for a new No. 9.
The Red Devils are still expected to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants another central attacker to add to an already well-stocked frontline.
Martinez’s current release clause is £99m, with Inter seemingly unwilling to budge for that figure, despite the financial crisis within the game.
But United may test the water with a lower offer, to see if they can gain an advantage over Barcelona while the Catalan giants focus on outgoings.
CHELSEA, CITY TURN TO ATLETICO STOPPER
Chelsea and Manchester City have both identified Atletico Madrid defender Jose Maria Gimenez as a summer transfer target. (ESPN)
Barcelona are set to make a summer move for Chelsea forward Willian, who is also wanted by Arsenal. (Diario AS)
Lazio held talks with David Silva’s camp in Rome last week in a bid to convince the Manchester City midfielder to join the club on a free transfer. (ESPN)
MORE EURO GOSSIP
Real Madrid are willing to extend Dani Ceballos’ loan spell at Arsenal for a further season. (Onda Cero)
Lazio have signed a bumper new deal with Luis Alberto until June 2025. (Il Corriere dello Sport)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains in negotiations with AC Milan over a new contract. (Gianluca DiMarzio)
AC Milan have rekindled their interest in Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu. (Sky Italy)
Real Madrid are reportedly considering a summer move for French teenage star Benoit Badiashile, after an eye catching campaign with AS Monaco. (Diario AS)
Real Betis are negotiating a deal to sign Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. (Superdeporte)
Villarreal are on the verge of completing the signing of Real Madrid playmaker Oscar Rodriguez. (Onda Cero)
Tottenham target Lucas Vazquez is eager to discuss a new contract at Real Madrid. (AS)
Hertha Berlin have reportedly shown interest in Milan outcast Ricardo Rodriguez and could tempt the Rossoneri by including Lazar Samardzic in the deal. (SportMediaset)
Eibar striker Charles Dias de Oliveira is set to leave the club this summer, after failing to agree a new contract. (Marca)
Torino President Urbano Cairo reiterates that the Granata ‘are not for sale’ and insists he will ‘not meet anyone’ to discuss a possible takeover. (Sky Sport Italia)
Brais Mendez has extended his contract with La Liga side Celta Vigo until 2024. (Football Espana)