Paper Round: Inter confirm Lukaku talks, West Ham want Diego Costa or Higuain
Romelu Lukaku to Inter, Diego Costa and Gonzalo Higuain to West Ham, Man United target Sean Longstaff and Mariano Diaz to Arsenal feature in Friday’s Paper Round.
They’re Inter Lukaku
Lukaku was reportedly told he will not be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice striker at Old Trafford, but an agreement is yet to be reached with Inter after the club’s offer of an initial two-year loan deal was rebuffed.
Paper Round’s view: Something will have to give for this transfer to take place, but it does appear to be gathering real momentum. United will want to make back as much of the £75m they spent on the Belgian, so it will be fascinating to see what is finally agreed.
Costa the Hammer?
Paper Round’s view: The Mirror very casually throws Higuain into this report too. Bold, very bold. Would Costa or Higuain accept the step down to West Ham? Unlikely.
£50m? No way…
Paper Round’s view: Once again we are seeing a club play hardball with Manchester United in the transfer window. Everyone knows they are desperate to revive their squad as they bid to return to the top four, and so no player will be heading there on the cheap. £50m is ridiculous, but is certainly one way of issuing the old ‘hands-off warning’.
No dice, says Diaz
Paper Round’s view: Let’s see what Diaz says when Arsenal are not the club in question. He is going to struggle to get near the Real team in the upcoming season, and would be wise to move on, while he also holds the No.7 shirt – something one Eden Hazard could well have his eyes on.