Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd sniff out club chief’s discount offer in chase for top midfielder

Claudio Lotito, Andrea Agnelli Lazio v Juventus November 2021

Manchester United learn of a discount offer for a top midfield signing, while Arsenal plot a move for a £34million striker – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD EYE MILINKOVIC-SAVIC DISCOUNT

Manchester United could sign midfielder target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio for a discount of up to £8.5million, according to a report.

The Red Devils are facing a pivotal few months on a number of fronts. First of all, there is the identity of the new manager to sort out. Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are the leading contenders, but a final decision is unclear.

Whoever comes in will potentially face the task of getting Man Utd back into the Champions League if they fail to secure a top-four Premier League finish this term.

And even if they do make the top four, the new manager must manage a number of outgoings and the need for new signings.

Previous reports have claimed that Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic is a firm target for a new midfield addition.

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt and both teams face paying a significant fee for the 27-year-old.

According to Italian transfer journalist Alfredo Pedulla, though, Lazio president Claudio Lotito is willing to give interested clubs a deal discount.

While Lotito’s original fee was €70million (£59million), Lazio could let him leave for €60million (£51million) by knocking as much as €10million off the fee.

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Milinkovic-Savic has just over two years left on his contract. Lazio therefore want to make a decision over his future this summer to get the best price if he does want to leave and to avoid losing him for free thereafter.

And the midfielder does indeed feel that he has reached ‘the end of a cycle’ at Lazio, and wants a switch.

Milinkovic-Savic has been at Lazio since 2015 and has made 286 appearances.

AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Gianluca Scamacca, Salernitana v Sassuolo March 2022

Arsenal have identified Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca as an ideal transfer target. The Italy international’s contract runs until 2025, but he wants to take a step up next season and can leave for €40million (£34million). (FCInterNews)

However, the Gunners will not be signing Patrik Schick, with Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro ruling out the Czech Republic international’s summer sale. (Sky Germany)

Newcastle have made an approach for Alessio Romagnoli, but Lazio are the AC Milan defender’s strongest suitors. (Calciomercato)

Raphinha has kept a close eye on transfer developments between Leeds United and Barcelona over a deal. What’s more, he is paying close attention to Ousmane Dembele’s role in the talks. (Sport)

Manchester City have become the leading contenders to sign Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo following complications in new contract talks. (Super Deporte)

AGUERO REFUSES TO RULE OUT RETURN

Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2022 TEAMtalk1

Sergio Aguero has not ruled out a return to professional football following his retirement because of a heart issue. (TyC Sports)

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante snubbed a transfer offer from Paris Saint-Germain in January. (Le Parisien)

Meanwhile, Inter are pondering a loan move to bring Blues striker Romelu Lukaku back to the Serie A club. (Calciomercato)

Inter and Man Utd are also keen on Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez. (Anderlecht Online)

David de Gea has vented his unhappiness with Spain boss Luis Enrique for not including him in the squad for the March international break. Enrique, though, wanted to give chances to younger players. (AS)

EURO PAPER TALK – DONNARUMMA MISSING LIFE IN ITALY

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain March 2022

Napoli and AC Milan are keeping tabs on Club Brugge striker Charles de Ketelaere, but Leicester are leading the race for the Belgian. (Il Mattino)

Barcelona could look to reunite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette with a move for the latter. (Sport)

Atletico Madrid have received several major injury boosts over the international break, with the likes of Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Lemar back fit again. (Football Espana)

Gianluigi Donnarumma is missing life in Serie amid the Italy goalkeeper’s struggles since moving to PSG. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

PSG will reject any Bayern Munich advances for defender prospect El Chadaille Bitshiabu. (Foot Mercato)

Meanwhile, Bayern are ready to sell Brentford and Celtic midfielder target Christopher Scott and could add a buy-back clause. (Sky Germany)