Man Utd could demand Lautaro Martinez as Lukaku compensation – Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea transfer news

INTER MILAN will reportedly have to stump up £43m for Romelu Lukaku or sell Man Utd a player as collateral after missing a payment for the Belgian.

And the Red Devils are reportedly ready to demand either Lautaro Martinez or Milan Skriniar should the Italians not be able to come up with the money.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    SKINTER MILAN

    Inter Milan have MISSED their latest payment as part of the deal to sign Romelu Lukaku with Manchester United demanding 'compensation', according to reports in Italy.

    The Serie A giants signed the Belgian striker, 27, in a £73million deal in 2019, and Inter are claimed to have £43m of that figure still to pay.

    Corriere dello Sport have now alleged the San Siro side have missed an agreed upon bonus payment, worth around £4.3m.

    Under the terms of the initial Lukaku deal, it's alleged Inter must now pay the remaining £43m fee in full or accept United's request for compensation.

    According to the report in Italy, Man Utd have told Inter they're willing to waive the outstanding balance in return for one of their star players.

    Centre-back Milan Skriniar and striker Lautaro Martinez are the two players mentioned by name in Corriere dello Sport, with United desperate for star reinforcements in both positions.

    However, SunSport understands United would not accept any player as a makeweight.

  • Jake Lambourne

    JU BEAUTY

    Juventus have confirmed the permanent signing of Weston McKennie from Schalke.

    The American midfielder has starred for the Old Lady on loan -chipping in with four goals and two assists in 21 Serie A matches.

    And Juve have swiftly turned his loan into a permanent stay.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNS BLAZING

    Mikel Arteta says Arsenal are already planning an 'unprecedented' summer transfer window to help take the club to 'next level'.

    He said: “We are planning what's going to happen in the summer. It will depend on where we finish, how we finish.

    “I think what we have to do in the summer is unprecedented for a club of this stature.

    “To do the amount of transactions that we have to make it tells you as well where we are. I think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that.

    "It's where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it.

    “Externally acquiring players to go to the next level. Everything is planned and let's see what the market can bring and what the last few months can bring to the club.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAPH WARS

    Leeds have issued a hands off warning to Prem rivals for Brazilian star Raphinha.

    Manchester United and Liverpool are among the sides keeping a close eye on the 24-year-old winger.

    Raphinha joined from Rennes in October and has five goals and five assists for the Elland Road side.

    And the Mirror report that Leeds are under no pressure to sell the Brazilian prospect to United.

    Raphinha has been one of Leeds' best players in their first season back in the Premier League.

    The Whites forked out £17million for Raphinha last year following a single season in France.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LUC OUT

    Real Madrid have been issued with a contract ultimatum by star winger Lucas Vazquez, according to reports.

    Vazquez's deal at the Santiago Bernabeu runs out at the end of the season and talks over a contract extension have hit a snag.

    According to ABC, the Spain international is asking for a four-year extension with a 15 per cent increase in his wages and wants it all to be sorted within this month.

    The 29-year-old, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Everton in the summer, turns 30 in July and wants to seal the last major contract of his career.

    If Real meet his demands then Vazquez's annual salary would rise north of €5million-a-year (£4m).

    But Los Blancos are only willing to offer a three-year extension and have to impose a 10 per cent reduction on all players' contracts due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Real Madrid ace Lucas Vazquez has issued a contract ultimatum
  • Jake Lambourne

    KANT HAVE ME

    N'Golo Kante has revealed the reasons behind his decision to snub a move to Thomas Tuchel's Paris Saint-Germain.

    The German is now Kante's manager at Chelsea having left Ligue 1 late last year – where he had tried to land the midfield star.

    But the 29-year-old's happiness at Stamford Bridge meant he did not consider the offer.

    Kante told the club website: "I knew in the past there was some contact with Paris Saint-Germain when he was the manager, but it was not something I wanted.

    "It did not happen because I was happy at Chelsea and I stayed here.

    "I haven’t spoken to the manager about it!"

  • Jake Lambourne

    I GOT SOL

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed that he IS a sore loser amid criticism of his approach to big games.

    Manchester United have played it safe against many of their 'Big Six' rivals this season, leading to a mixed response from fans.

    But the Norwegian, 48, has maintained that he certainly does get fired up over dropped points – even more so than Bruno Fernandes.

    Speaking last week, he told reporters: "If you are at Manchester United and enjoy losing, you are at the wrong place.

    "I don't show my frustration maybe so much as Bruno but I think maybe I am the worst loser at the club.

    "You have probably not seen it but some of the players have."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MIRACLE NO2

    A survivor of the 2016 Chapecoense plane crash has miraculously cheated death AGAIN – after walking away from a coach smash that left 21 people dead.

    Erwin Tumiri was one of just six people to survive the 2016 plane crash that tragically killed most of Brazilian football team Chapecoense.

    It has now emerged that the 30-year-old has cheated death for a second time in less than five years after a packed coach careered down a hillside near the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.

    The death toll from Tuesday morning’s tragedy currently stands at 21 and more than 30 people are said to have been injured.

    Erwin, one of the crew on board the Chapecoense plane, told local media of his incredible new escape.

    He said: “I was feeling a bit sleepy and listening to music on my mobile phone when I heard people screaming.

    “The only thing I could do was hold onto the seat in front of me, broaden my shoulders and lean against the window so I wouldn’t move as the coach overturned."

    Erwin Tumiri in hospital Bolivia following Tuesday's coach crash that left 21 dead
  • Jake Lambourne

    VIC'S TOP PICKS

    Victor Moses has delivered a snub to Jose Mourinho by insisting Neil Warnock is a better manager than the Special One.

    The Nigeria international, 30, is still under contract at Chelsea but is currently on loan at Spartak Moscow.

    Moses was asked to name the top list of coaches he has worked under throughout his career, and he ranked both Warnock, 72, and Roberto Martinez higher than Mourinho.

    He told Spartak’s official website: “[Antonio] Conte is on this list.

    “He helped me to believe in myself. And that's purely from a human perspective and not because he found me a new position on the right side of the defence.”

    Moses continued: “Next Roberto Martinez, Rafael Benitez. Neil Warnock, with whom I made my debut at Crystal Palace. [Domenico] Tedesco. And also Mark Hughes.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BRU-NO

    Bruno Fernandes should NOT win the PFA Player of the Year award, with Manchester City stars much more deserving, according to Paul Scholes.

    Speaking on Optus Sport's Matchday Live, Scholes said: "What he's brought to this United team has been special.

    He creates goals, scores – not in the big games – but in a lot of them."

    Before adding: "He should be right in the mix, there is no doubt about that.

    "But I am always a believer the best players are the players playing for the team that wins the league.

    "There are a few City players I'd go for before Bruno.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LAP IT UP

    Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has warned fans: No me, no Lionel Messi.

    Over 110,000 clubs members will cast their votes for Barca's next president when elections commence on March 7.

    As reported by Marca, Laporta said: "I have a great relationship with Leo [Messi] and he will consider whatever proposal I make.

    "If I don't win, I am sure that Leo will not stay at Barcelona. Messi will weigh up the offer we make him.

    "I'm convinced that if the other candidates win, Messi will not remain at Barcelona.

    "He wasn't happy during Freixa's time on the board. He's not guided just by money. He wants a competitive team to win.

    "I'm sure he'll listen to my offer, just as I am [sure] that if someone else wins he will leave."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta has spoken of rumours linking him with the managerial role at Barcelona.

    He said: "There is always going to speculation when there are elections in Barcelona. It's a huge team.

    "Obviously I was raised there as a player and they're always going to be linked.

    "I'm fully focused on the job that I have to do here, and we have a lot to do. I'm really enjoying it."

    Asked whether he could join the Blaugrana one day, he added: "Today and tomorrow, I am the manager of Arsenal Football Club, and I'm really enjoying it. I want to do much better than what we've done."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TUCH 'N GO

    Chelsea travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in a massive six-pointer in the race for a top-four spot on Wednesday night.

    The Blues sit one point above Jurgen Klopp's squad in fifth place with both clubs looking to bounce back from a tricky winter.

    And Thomas Tuchel has a near-full-strength squad to choose from for the monster clash on Merseyside.

    The West Londoners lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in September thanks to a Sadio Mane double.

    But facing an injury-ravaged Reds, Chelsea will fancy their chances.

    Here's how the Blues could line-up.

  • Jake Lambourne

    EDS UP

    Arsenal have reportedly made an enquiry to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

    The Gunners are looking for new options up front with Alexandre Lacazette likely to leave this summer.

    And 23-year-old Celtic forward Edouard fits the bill for the Gunners, reports say.

    The Transfer Window Podcast claim that Arsenal have made contact and Celtic are looking for £21.5million.

    Edouard joined from PSG in 2018 having previously had a loan spell in Glasgow.

    He has scored 21 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions this season at Celtic Park.

    Odsonne Edouard has reportedly been lined up by Arsenal for a summer swoop
  • Jake Lambourne

    RICHARDSON CONTINUED

    "A new owner could deliver that. If they want to stay in the league the best way would be to come and give new energy to the players.

    "It is a great club, we have some great young players and it is still all to play for. 

    "If you want to be here for 15 or 20 years I don't think you should worry about what league you are in.

    "This club has had lean times before but has grown quickly. The good times are only round the corner."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RICH SPIRITS

    Wigan boss Leam Richardson is pleading to the club's Bahraini owners-in-waiting to step in and raise spirits.

    The mystery Middle East group have been given the nod by the EFL but have stalled on completing a takeover with the administrators.

    That has led to fears that the would-be buyers are reluctant to commit until finding out if Latics are to drop to League Two with a second successive relegation.

    Richardson thinks a quick decision would help save them on the field and said: "The whole place has been waiting for a lift for nine months.

    "Once we did get that I think people would step up to the plate and we would have things to play for. They would have direction and leadership."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BALE-D OUT

    Gareth Bale will insist Real Madrid honour his mammoth pay packet while his future remains unresolved, according to reports.

    The Welshman, who is on loan with Tottenham, still has a year left on his £600,000-a-week deal the Bernabeu.

    Spurs are currently contributing half of his salary to have him in North London but are undecided whether to extend his loan.

    His future at Real Madrid looks all-but over even if he returns to Los Blancos next season.

    According to the Mirror, Bale would not entertain the prospect of taking a wage reduction even if he agrees to another loan switch.

    Zinedine Zidane's side could hand him a huge pay-off to release him from his contract.

    Bale has insisted that he won't make a decision on his next move until the end of the current campaign.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SANCH BLOW

    Jadon Sancho fired Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup semis – but then limped off injured.

    The England star scored the only goal in the 1-0 victory over Monchengladbach before being taken off just two minutes later.

    Sancho slotted home in the 66th minute, and was replaced by Thorgan Hazard moments later.

    He was seen watching the final stages of the German Cup clash from the bench with an ice pack on his leg.

    Interim manager Edin Terzic said: "Raphael Guerreiro and Jadon Sancho both carried knocks into the match.

    "Both felt their muscles, and we didn't want to take any risks. We'll have to see how it goes in the next few days."

    The England star had an ice pack on his leg as he watched the closing stages
  • Jake Lambourne

    KEANE TO SIGN HIM

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has agreed with Roy Keane after the Manchester United legend claimed he could have played for the Clarets during their defeat against Tottenham.

    Speaking ahead of today's clash against Leicester, Dyche was asked about Keane's comments on the club.

    To which he said: "He probably could have. I don’t know if you remember but he was pretty decent, to be fair. It wouldn’t surprise me if he could have.

    “I don’t have a problem with people questioning us. It’s part of their jobs. They’re pundits for a reason, they have a voice, they have a say. Everyone has got an opinion.

    “It’s one of the strangest jobs where people are always telling you what you’re doing wrong.

    "I don’t go to the doctors and tell him what he’s doing wrong, or my lawyers, or my solicitors, but apparently with football managers everybody thinks they can do better than us. But I’ve no problem with Roy Keane or anybody else.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO RETURN

    Former Celtic star Paul Lambert says NOTHING could convince him to replace Neil Lennon at Parkhead after leaving Norwich.

    When asked if he would consider a move north of the border by Rangers hero Barry Ferguson, the ex-Norwich and Aston Villa man told Go Radio: "Listen like you, you know what it is like.

    "I had eight great years there and wouldn't want to ruin what I have with Celtic supporters – probably the way you do at Rangers.

    "Glasgow was my life a long time ago and I've moved on from there I guess."

    Host Rob Maclean then asked the 51-year-old if anything would persuade him back to the Glasgow goldfish bowl.

    He continued: "No Rob. As I said I had eight great years as a player there.

    "Some hard times and some incredible moments and good times. But I think that side of it is not for me.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RUN DOWN

    Inter Milan have ended their iconic shirt sponsorship with long-term partners Pirelli.

    The £10million-a-year deal with the tyre makers will not be extended beyond the current season.

    And it brings to an end one of the most famous such partnerships in football – dating back to the 1995-96 season.

    The famous black and blue stripes with the Pirelli logo has been worn by the likes of Adriano, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic over the years.

    Jose Mourinho’s 2010 Champions League winning team also wore the famous strip.

    Pirelli chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera said: “We are in talks with (Alessandre) Antonello, (Beppe) Marotta (chief executives) and other Inter directors.

    “We won’t be Inter’s kit sponsor anymore, but our relationship with the club will continue.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Aston Villa are reportedly unconvinced over whether to make Ross Barkley’s loan move from Chelsea a permanent arrangement.

    Barkley, 27, made an impressive start to life under Smith before he suffered a hamstring injury in November.

    He returned with a bang against Southampton last month as he headed home the only goal of the game.

    Speculation had mounted over the potential of the deal being turned into a full-time switch once the campaign is over.

    However, Football Insider claims Chelsea’s £35m asking price for the star is proving to be a stumbling block.

    Smith is in a ‘quandary’ over the move as Barkley does not have a recognised position.

    Ross Barkley has impressed on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea
  • Jake Lambourne

    BAKED STUDS

    Heating up football boots is becoming a big business.

    As SunSport revealed on Saturday, Chelsea are using a microwave to warm footwear before games.

    Yet despite the Blues’ low-budget approach, rivals are splashing out on more advanced methods.

    Wolves, Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton are just some of the clubs using cleatPRO.  It is a steam box for boots, while there is also a ‘light’ version for away games.

    But one coach told SunSport: “When I was a player, if I’d put my boots into a little box with boiling water to warm them up in the dressing room before a game, I’d have had my head kicked in!”

    Another Prem club has trialled a product called FORMBASE that the players call ‘The Boot Oven’ and have placed an order.

  • Jake Lambourne

    AD ENOUGH

    Tony Adams believes Arsenal should sell right-backs Hector Bellerin AND Cedric Soares – then get in a ‘good one in’.

    The Gunners legend, 54, does not believe either of the current options are good enough.

    He told Stadium Astro: “If you’re bringing players in who is a lesser standard, you don’t get someone that’s less than what you’ve got.

    “Cedric, is he better than Bellerin? Have you made an improvement there? Take it or leave it.

    “Or are you telling me we need two? Get rid of two and get a good one! That would be the opinion that I would have.

    “You always bring in players better than the ones you have got or don’t bring them to the club.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    LEAP RAPH FAITH

    Real Madrid are expecting Manchester United to ‘renew their interest’ in Raphael Varane this summer.

    The Red Devils tried and failed to sign the centre-half three years ago under Jose Mourinho.

    Zinedine Zidane’s return convinced him to stay at Madrid then, but with the Real boss under-pressure himself, the France legend’s presence may not be a factor this time.

    And The Telegraph claims Los Blancos are bracing themselves for an offer from Old Trafford for their defender.

    The 27-year-old defender has entered the final 18 months of his contract at the Bernabeu.

    With fellow centre-back and United target Sergio Ramos, 34, becoming a free agent in June, Real have made it a priority to tie down Varane long-term.

    Man Utd will revive their interest in Raphael Varane this summer

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