Manchester United demand one of two players as Inter run into Romelu Lukaku debt, while Chelsea suffer a telling Erling Haaland blow – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.
MAN UTD MAKE INTER COMPENSATION DEMAND
Manchester United want one of two Inter stars as compensation after the Serie A club ran into debt over Romelu Lukaku’s transfer fee, a report claims.
United sold Lukaku for €80million (£74million, BBC) in the summer of 2019.
However, the deal did not involve a simple transfer of money. Corrierre dello Sport (via Sport Witness) reports that the deal featured bonuses throughout the Belgian’s contract, including one worth €5million (£4million).
What’s more, United agreed a clause which would force Inter to owe the remaining cost of the transfer if one such payment was missed.
Inter hoped to avoid that scenario, but failing to pay the €5million bonus has seen it come to fruition.
With Inter already in dire financial straits, though, the Italian publication states that United have demanded either Lautaro Martinez or centre-back Milan Skriniar as compensation for the missed payment.
The Old Trafford giants are reportedly targeting a top new defender in the summer, a position which has supposedly taken precedence over an attacking signing.
Nevertheless, United are also supposedly after a forward and 23-year-old Argentina international Martinez would prove a fantastic addition.
The striker has scored 15 goals and assisted eight others this season. Skriniar, meanwhile, has helped keep eight league clean sheets with Inter four points clear at the summit.
AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK
Erling Haaland does not see himself at Chelsea, despite Blues owner Roman Abramovich’s willingness to splash out on the Borussia Dortmund striker. (Bild)
Instead, the Norwegian has Manchester United and Manchester City on his radar, amid other clubs. Indeed, City manager Pep Guardiola could prove key in the transfer battle. (Bild)
Man Utd will face competition from Atletico Madrid for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva. (Don Balon)
LEIPZIG MIDFIELDER COY OVER SPURS LINKS
RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer says that his “closest circle” knows what his future plans are. (Bild)
However, asked directly about links to Tottenham, he said he feels “no stress” and refused to open up. (Bild)
AC Milan have begun initial negotiations with Chelsea about a permanent deal for Fikayo Tomori. (Tuttosport)
Former Chelsea star Oscar says that he had to convince club bosses to get his move to China in 2017. (UOL)
ARGENTINA BOSS UNSURE ON AGUERO FITNESS
Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni has insisted that Sergio Aguero must prove his fitness to earn a call-up this month. However, he remains doubtful that the Manchester City striker will be 100 per cent ready. (TyC Sports)
Southampton must offer manager Ralph Hasenhuttl ‘prospect’ signings if the Austrian is to continue at the club. (Sport Buzzer)
Liverpool have ‘cast their eyes’ over Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara ahead of a potential swoop. (Calciomercato)
LIVERPOOL PREPARING DE PAUL OFFER
Meanwhile, the Reds are preparing to present a €65million (£56million) offer to Udinese for Rodrigo de Paul. (Inter Live)
Real Betis are keen on Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza, whose contract expires at the end of June. (Mundo Deportivo)
Nelson Semedo says that Barca were open with him about their financial struggles before he signed for Wolves. (Marca)