Inter Milan have formulated a plan to keep a £95m Man Utd and Man City target at the San Siro, while Everton are keen on signing a Nottingham Forest winger – all in Friday’s papers.
INTER PLOT MOVE TO KEEP MAN UTD, CITY TARGET
Manchester United and Manchester City are set to battle it out for Lautaro Martinez, but Inter Milan reportedly have a plan to stop them.
The 22-year-old striker has been in fine form for Inter this season, scoring eight goals in 15 games in all competitions.
The Argentina star has also netted eight times in 11 appearances for his country in the calendar year and is regarded as one of the hottest properties in European club football.
That has led to strong rumours of a move to the Premier League next summer, with United and City both showing an interest in the attacker.
But Calciomercato have now revealed how Antonio Conte’s side will try to retain the services of their forward – by doubling his salary.
The former Racing Club forward has a mammoth release clause of £95million that is open between July 1 to July 15 for clubs outside of Italy, but his current side want to increase that by tempting him with a deal worth £1.2m a year.
United and City are not the only clubs keen on Martinez, however, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona also admirers of the young hotshot.
Indeed, the report adds that Barca are ready to use Ousmane Dembele as part of a swap deal in the hope that will put them at the top of the queue for the player’s services.
AND THE REST
One of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s many beefs with Tottenham is their failure to pursue Philippe Coutinho in the summer (The Sun)
Chelsea will be able to sign Elseid Hysaj for free next summer after the player’s agent revealed the Blues failed in a £43m bid this year (The Sun)
Manchester City are set to escape a ban from the Champions League, with the domestic treble winners being investigated for breaches of Financial Fair Play (The Sun)
Everton are lining up a £12m January move for Nottingham Forest winger Matty Cash (The Sun)
Peterborough have placed a staggering £13m price tag on striker Ivan Toney (The Sun)
Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has joined the race to take Olivier Giroud out of Chelsea in January (Daily Express)
Arsenal have reportedly sent scouts to watch Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu in international action (Daily Mirror)
Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich said he would enjoy a reunion with Pep Guardiola as rumours continue to grow linking the Manchester City boss with a return to Germany (Daily Mirror)
Bolton will find out on Friday whether their failure to fulfil fixtures will cost them more points (Daily Mirror)
Manuel Pellegrini has received a welcome boost with Jack Wilshere back in West Ham training (Daily Mirror)
Frank Lampard will make another attempt to add Shay Given to his Chelsea coaching staff amid concerns about goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (Daily Mail)
Mason Greenwood and Rhian Brewster are to be given their chance to shine by England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd (Daily Mail)
Sheffield Wednesday could face a points deduction following Thursday’s charge of financial misconduct (Daily Mail)
Rangers are considering taking legal action against HMRC after it appeared to admit it was wrong to have claimed £50m in penalties from the club’s former operating company, which went into liquidation in 2012 and triggered one of the biggest club crises in Scottish football history (Daily Telegraph)
Borussia Dortmund are the latest European giants to have joined the chase for Chelsea’s out-of-favour striker Olivier Giroud (Daily Star)
Hearts have held talks with Stuart McCall and he will team up with Jambos legend Kenny Black if he lands the manager’s job (Daily Record)
Adam Bogdan is set to re-sign for Hibs with the former Liverpool ‘keeper close to penning a deal until January at Easter Road (Daily Record)
Celtic were dealt an injury blow on Thursday, learning that Hatem Abd Elhamed will be out for six weeks ruling him out of the Betfred Cup final (Daily Record)
Hibernian are set to appoint Jack Ross as their new boss within 48 hours (Daily Record)
Liam Palmer has taken a swipe at the Scotland national team under Alex McLeish and insists the Tartan Army are on the right track under Steve Clarke (Daily Record)
Hearts have interviewed Neil McCann and Stuart McCall but have not given up on Stephen Robinson as they get set to approach Motherwell (Scottish Sun)