Manchester United could be set to offer Anthony Martial to Inter Milan in a swap deal for long-term target Ivan Perisic. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring the Croatian to Old Trafford, having already landed Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a whopping £75 million.
United have been linked with Perisic all summer, but have been unable to agree a fee with Inter, who are extremely reluctant to sell one of their prized assets.
However, a twist has today emerged, with highly-respected Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport now claiming United are prepared to use Martial as a makeweight in any potential deal. The Frenchman struggled for game-time last season, with Mourinho unhappy with his inconsistent performances.
Martial joined United two years ago for an eye-watering fee, when Louis van Gaal was in charge, but as yet has not reached the potential he showed as a youngster at Monaco. The 21-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the starting XI and has mainly had to make do with cameo appearances.
Perisic has flown with the rest of the Inter squad to their pre-season tour to China, but that does not necessarily mean the club are not prepared to sell. According to the Daily Star, who quote Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth, the Serie A giants are demanding £48 million for Perisic.
However, United are unwilling to spend that amount on the 28-year-old, which is why they are seemingly looking at including Martial in a swap deal, which would significantly reduce the outlay.
The two players are similar in style, which makes this an interesting proposition. Perisic, who can play either as a winger or a second striker, is among Mourinho’s primary transfer targets. He would bring goals and assists to the Manchester United line-up – something they struggled for last season – and complement Lukaku.
With Martial unlikely to figure in the United boss’s plans, it could be a sensible move for all parties.
Three possible destinations for Liverpool’s Divock Origi before the transfer deadline
It is looking increasingly likely that Divock Origi will be on the move before the transfer deadline. Liverpool are making significant moves to strengthen their current squad and that could provide an opportunity to the Belgian, as it is clear he needs regular first-team football. That is unlikely to come at Anfield, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a long-term future with the club. If he does well elsewhere, he will return as an improved player and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Here are three possible destinations for the 22-year-old:
The Telegraph report that the Belgian could be included as part of the deal to sign Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar. The Ligue 1 champions are interested in the Liverpool striker and the Reds could use that to help them land their priority attacking target. If this was where Origi landed, it could potentially be a permanent deal.
This would be an exciting move for the striker and offer him the opportunity to play regularly in a Champions League team. Monaco have remodelled themselves as the club for young players to develop and earn moves to the top of the European game. This summer has underlined that. If Origi moved to the Stade Louis II, he would get regular starts and play in a team that would allow him to express himself.
The report linked above mentions that Inter Milan are interested in the forward and this would provide an interesting option for Origi. It does look like the club are set for a good season under Luciano Spalletti. The sale of Stevan Jovetic means they need to sign another striker to provide competition for Mauro Icardi.
Serie A is a league that Origi has never played in and it would be a positive learning experience if he was to join Inter Milan. They play an exciting brand of attacking football and create lots of chances, which would give him the opportunity to score goals. However, he would be playing second fiddle to Icardi and he might struggle for regular game-time.
There is plenty of Premier League interest in Origi, but the most appealing option could be Newcastle United. He would get the opportunity to play under Rafa Benitez and would be the main man in the team, starting nearly every game. The stadium and support could also play a part in convincing the Belgian to move north.
It is well known that Benitez wants to make signings before the deadline and the Mail report they are ready to sell Dwight Gayle to raise much-needed funds. This would only happen if they manage to source a replacement and the Chronicle report the club have an interest in Origi. If the Magpies did pull the deal off, it would be a huge coup for them on their return to the top-flight.
Should Brighton continue with their audacious pursuit of Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic?
Newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion have been involved in some serious transfer window business already this summer, breaking their record fee three times, but they’re not done just yet.
According to reports surfacing from Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Brighton boss Chris Hughton has seen a formal bid in the region of £14 million rejected for Inter Milan forward Stevan Jovetic.
The 27-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since moving to Italy, struggling to break into the first-team and being sent out on-loan to Sevilla last season, and Brighton could come to his rescue.
Could Jovetic rekindle his form in the Premier League?
Does the name sound familiar Brighton fans?
If so, that’ll be because Stevan Jovetic was part of the Manchester City squad that won the Premier League title in 2013-14, arriving in the top-flight for £22 million after leaving Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
It is fair to say that it didn’t quite click for him on that occasion but, after a successful loan with Sevilla at the end of last season, he could be ready to give English football another go this year.
The 27-year-old still has a lot to offer at the highest level, with his combination of deceptive power and speed earning him six La Liga goals in just 20 matches, and he is a well-rounded forward.
With Brighton struggling for any sort of attacking impetus in front of goal over their first two games this season he could provide the spark needed to kick-start their campaign; the thought of Anthony Knockaert returning and linking up with Jovetic between midfield lines is promising for the Seagulls.
The Montenegro international is a proven goal-scorer in three of Europe’s top leagues throughout his career to date, and his natural creativity and desire in the box means he’s likely to continue this.
Making the move to Brighton could potentially give Jovetic the chance to set the record straight following an underwhelming – at best – two-year spell at Manchester City, scoring just eight times.
He regularly struggled to dislodge either Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko from the starting eleven, resulting in him only managing 28 Premier League appearances in two seasons, and he fell so far out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini that he was actually loaned out to Inter Milan during 2015-16.
Although a switch to Brighton could be deemed a downgrade after a career spent at sides challenging for Champions League spots, he certainly has a point to prove in England. However, with local outlet The Argus claiming an agreement is in place for FC Zurich’s Raphael Dwamena, a deal for Jovetic seems unlikely.
Who is Zinho Vanheusden, the defensive sensation Liverpool and Southampton are scouting?
Reports surfacing from Belgium over the course of the weekend have claimed that Premier League rivals Liverpool and Southampton are both keeping close tabs on Inter Milan defender Zinho Vanheusden.
Newspaper Nieuwsblad understand that the 18-year-old powerhouse has been recommended to both clubs by scouts, with Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pellegrino set to enter talks with the Italians.
Who is young prospect Zinho Vanheusden?
Born in the Belgian city of Hasselt in July 1999, Vanheusden was snapped up by Standard Liege’s academy at a young age and impressed enough during his time to earn himself a big switch to Italy.
After featuring for Inter’s youth sides since his move in 2016 Vanheusden has just been awarded a spot in Luciano Spalletti’s squad for their pre-season tour of Asia, gaining invaluable first-team exposure.
He’s been a prominent part of Belgium’s national youth sides too, working his way up through the ages since the under-15 side, and he most recently made his debut for the under-19 side in March.
What could he bring to the Premier League?
Standing tall at six-feet and two-inches the Belgian youngster has all of the physical attributes required to impose himself on the English game, being a strong and stubborn mould of central defender.
He played an influential role in Inter’s under-19 title-winning campaign last year, leading his side from deep and being a commanding figure of encouragement and composure, and he knows how to lift a side.
He’s also become known as a potent threat from set-piece situations – something Liverpool have struggled to capitalise on in past years – scoring six times in just 14 games for Belgium’s under-17 side.
At 18 years of age, and with no first-team action under his belt, he is not exactly ready to jump into Premier League action yet, but there is certainly enough potential for him to be a good defender one day.
Is a move to England likely?
Although the appeal of playing in the Premier League would be enough to tempt almost any promising 18-year-old footballer into a move, Inter Milan seem reluctant to allow him to leave.
The report understands that the Italian giants are confident that Vanheusden won’t be going anywhere this summer and will promise him first-team action should he remain at the San Siro.
But with fellow countrymen Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet at Anfield, Klopp could turn to his Belgian duo to try and use all their persuasive powers possible to tempt the youngster to England.
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