UNITED AND PSG SCRAP FOR SANCHO
There have been increasingly strong whispers around Manchester United’s interest in Jadon Sancho. Apparently, his former club Manchester City reckon a deal is already in place to take the Borussia Dortmund winger to Old Trafford. But United have competition.
According to The Telegraph, PSG are equally as willing as United to make Sancho the first English £100million player. Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the 18-year-old for a little longer – especially having sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea – but a nine-figure offer is likely to weaken their resolve.
United have been looking for a right-sided forward for some time, especially since it emerged that Alexis Sanchez is a complete dud. The Chilean forward could be out for the rest of the season – certainly the vast majority of it – leading to suggestions that he could have played his final game for United. Though shifting him off the books with those wages will be no mean feat.
BALE STUCK AT REAL
Gareth Bale finds himself in a similar predicament to Sanchez. The Wales star has been copping flak from Real Madrid supporters, with his agent returning fire on Monday. But despite telling Real fans that they ‘should be ashamed’, it seems certain Jonathan Barnett won’t be negotiating a move for his client this summer.
The Sun reckons Bale is stuck at the Bernabeu for now because no Premier League club is willing to match his £650,000-a-week wages.
ARSENAL TO GO UNDER
The latest seemingly-out-of-their-price-range star to be linked with Arsenal is Cengiz Under. The Roma winger has been attracting interest from across Europe despite having been sidelined since January. The Gunners apparently showed some interest during the winter window but they opted to keep what little powder they had dry until the summer.
Calciomercato reckons Arsenal have renewed their pursuit with the intention of making a firm move before the start of next season. One problem: unless they qualify for the Champions League, Arsenal’s transfer budget for the summer was said to be in the region of £40million. They would have to spend a vast chunk of that on Under, which seems unlikely when you consider how many other holes Unai Emery has in his squad.
AND THE REST
Bernardo Silva is set to be offered a new six-year contract at Man City… Crystal Palace want Stoke keeper Jack Butland… Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba were involved in a dressing room row after Pogba missed a late penalty on Saturday (or not)… Youri Tielemans will cost Leicester £40m in the summer… Juventus are interested in Real Madrid Marco Asensio… Bayern Munich are among the clubs targeting Arsenal teenager Xavier Amaechi… Tottenham are eyeing Notts County starlet Kion Etete… Martin Odegaard could join Ajax on loan from Real Madrid next season.