RAID ON SANCHO
‘OJO CON SANCHO’ screams the front page of Diario AS, which roughly translates to ‘eyes on Sancho’ and relates to Real Madrid’s interest in the Borussia Dortmund winger.
They ‘look’ at Sancho but, for now, they will not touch. The ‘pearl’ of the Bundesliga certainly fits their ‘policy’ of ‘hiring young players and with great projection’, yet Real have already declared that they will be making no major signings this summer.
So if Manchester United, who ‘came to offer €140million to Dortmund for the boy’ in February and ‘want to make him the new Cristiano Ronaldo of Old Trafford,’ fail to sign him this year, they will have added competition in 2021.
United, of course, have already identified three alternatives. Pull your finger out, Ed.
LOOK HOUSS TALKING
Liverpool could suffer a similar fate. It has been been established – but also refuted in some quarters – that the Reds won’t be spending much money in the upcoming transfer window. Timo Werner was one of their two main targets, alongside Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
While Werner is apparently happy to wait for one more year in Leipzig to aid his desired move to Liverpool, Aouar might well consider his options. Among those, according to L’Equipe, are Juventus and Manchester City.
City’s admiration of the “incredible” 21-year-old is well-documented. But Juventus realise that the ‘door is open’ for Aouar to leave and they intend to see if they can fit through it.
Aouar impressed in the first leg of Lyon’s cryogenically frozen Champions League tie with Juventus and The Old Lady could hold the advantage over City due to three factors: the Premier League side’s potential Champions League ban, the reduced competition in Juve’s midfield and the younger and more dynamic make-up of their squad.
How about this Matty Longstaff situation, eh? Bit bloody weird.
Sky Sports say the Newcastle midfielder ‘has been offered a lucrative contract’ by Udinese, to the tune of about £30,000. With ‘a bumper signing-on fee’ on top of that, the temptation is obvious.
Longstaff is currently on an £850-a-week academy deal and Newcastle are willing to increase that to £15,000. While he is ‘desperate to stay’ the financial disparity is pretty stark.
Inter Milan and Marseille were also interested in the 20-year-old but only Udinese have made a ‘concrete offer’ of a five-year contract.
The Times add that negotiations between the Magpies and the midfielder ‘broke down this week’ and Udinese have even ‘plotted a career development plan they believe will help the player become a full international’.
Newcastle would be owed about £400,000 in compensation. Oh dear.