Manchester United are still in for Jadon Sancho. Arsenal might sell Hector Bellerin to bring in Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.
HOW ON EARTH DID I GET SO JADON?
Expect to hear much more about this Sun exclusive on these hallowed pages at lunchtime, but Neil Custis has an update on Jadon Sancho. Just like when he said Manchester United had ‘forced the Germans’ to cede to their demands that one time.
Now the club ‘will not give up’ on that move until Sancho himself publicly outlines his commitment to Borussia Dortmund. Because one of the richest clubs in world football has the mentality of a child.
Some insist Sancho “still wants” to move to Old Trafford but United accept that the only way the transfer will go through ‘is if Sancho pushes for it’. And they agree a fee. And wages. And the money paid to agents. But mainly if a player who seems happy with three years left on his current contract demands to leave for a club on the same level at absolute best.
United ‘want’ Sancho but have faith in their current attacking options, including Daniel James and Odion Ighalo. They are genuine reasons given for it not being a bad thing if Sancho does not join.
Things are bubbling along nicely since Tuesday’s gossip column, which reported on Arsenal’s creative transfer window accounting. David Ornstein of The Athletic is here to clear up any and all loose ends.
He confirms PSG want Hector Bellerin and that while Arsenal ‘would like’ to keep him, a deal could go through ‘if a suitable fee is received’.
The right-back might also be ‘open’ to a ‘fresh challenge’ elsewhere. In terms of incomings, Thomas Partey remains a target and ‘conversations have taken place’ over Houssem Aouar.
Juventus and Bayern Munich have also been linked with Bellerin, who would generate at least £20m for Arsenal to spend on other parts of the squad this summer. The Guardian say PSG’s opening offer was £25m plus £5m in add-ons.
It seems as though Ainsley Maitland-Niles is staying. What a turnaround.
PRETTY LITTLE LI
Quite how Duncan Castles would be the one man with such knowledge is unknown, but he claims that Lionel Messi ‘has agreed financial terms’ on a five-year contract with City Football Group.
The key is in the detail. It would be three years at Manchester City followed by two with New York City FC, as well as ‘an equity stake’ in the company itself.
Amid all the bluster and complications is the overall total worth of such a contract: €700m. And that does not include a fee. Barcelona would probably be happy to just waiver it anyway to get rid of the greatest one-club legend in history.