Man Utd are set to make bids worth £105m for their top two summer targets…
SANCHO ‘CONFIDENT’ OF MAN UTD MOVE
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is convinced he will move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
The Bundesliga side were reportedly demanding £108m for the England international last summer after he had a brilliant season at the Signal Iduna Park. Man Utd were understood to be the main interested party at the time but refused to match their demands as the transfer saga now looks set to roll on to another window.
A report claimed yesterday that Jesse Lingard could be used as a makeweight in any deal for Sancho this summer, while another recently tipped Man Utd to have ‘more cash’ for the England international after deciding not to pursue a new centre-back.
And now Eurosport claims that ‘the plan to target Sancho has remained’ with sources close to the Dortmund winger say that ‘they are more confident than ever that the transfer will finally go ahead.’
The new reported €100m price tag on Sancho is ‘still more than United want to spend’ and they thought their ‘gamble’ last summer had paid off earlier in the season with his valuation ‘heading closer to £50million than £100million’.
However, his form has really picked up in the second part of the campaign with 14 goals and 18 assists to his name this campaign. Dortmund are willing to drop their price but they still see him as ‘a player at the very top end of the market’.
The report adds: ‘The sum of €100m roughly converts to £85m but at the moment there is a feeling among intermediaries in the game that United’s initial offer will be somewhere in the region of £65-75m.’
NEW NUMBER ONE HIT
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane his ‘No.1 transfer target’ this summer, according to reports.
Varane is out of contract in the summer of 2022 and there has been little talk of a contract extension at the Bernabeu. Man Utd have been linked with a long list of centre-backs as possible partners for Harry Maguire, with Solskjaer said to be a big admirer of the Madrid star.
And the Daily Mirror now claim that the Red Devils ‘are set to make a £40million bid’ for Varane this summer as they make him their top target in the window. Solskjaer ‘has told United bosses he wants Varane at Old Trafford next season to partner’ Maguire.
With only another year remaining his deal in Madrid, ‘United are confident they can take advantage of that by landing him for around £40m’.
AND THE REST…
Manchester City have approached Sporting Lisbon over a £52m deal for full-back Nuno Mendes…Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has been given a choice of signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland or Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku…Barcelona are ready to make the signing of Haaland their priority this summer ahead of trying to keep Lionel Messi at the club…Chelsea forward Christian Pulisi has dismissed speculation he could leave Chelsea this summer…The agent of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo says the Portugal international has no plans to return to Sporting Lisbon this summer…Southampton are planning a £20m summer bid for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.