Gossip: Liverpool ‘balking’ over £100m Man United target

Date published: Thursday 26th March 2020 9:10

Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea and Liverpool might be ‘balking’, but Man United are ‘determined’ to sign Jadon Sancho.


MISS INDEPENDENT
Jadon Sancho is the ideal Manchester United signing. The only possible issue is that they will face competition, which could complicate matters if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. But the 20-year-old will be on the Old Trafford radar regardless.

No United transfer is complete without some speculation leaked to the wider media. Which brings us to the the Independent‘s claim that they ‘are leading the race’ for Sancho. Quite how any race is being run right now is unknown, but still.

They suggest that ‘senior figures’ at Dortmund see United as ‘his most likely destination’. And while the competition is ‘fierce’ in the form of Liverpool and Chelsea, United ‘are long standing admirers’ of the winger.

It will take a fee of £100m to bend the ear of Dortmund, who ‘are willing to sell’.

 

BALKING MAD
United’s PR email thankfully reached the Daily Mirror, who say the club ‘are increasingly confident’ of signing Sancho. At least they’ve changed the wording a bit.

They add plenty of extra information, to be fair. Premier League rivals are ‘balking at the fee’ Dortmund want, for a start, with Liverpool and Chelsea both ‘put off’ by the valuation.

There is said to be a ‘determination’ from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward to complete the deal as soon as possible, with Sancho ‘understood’ to be keen on United because he cannot see a way of getting past the established front three at Liverpool and the ‘youth-heavy revival’ at United is appealing. So much for that Anfield ‘boost’.

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL
The London Evening Standard complete the set, so sorry if you expected this gossip column not to be an ode to Jadon bloody Sancho.

They reiterate that United are ‘leading the race’ for their ‘primary target’. They also suggest Chelsea are ‘undeterred’ rather than uninterested, while Dortmund ‘are still anticipating an approach from Liverpool’. But that is an offer ‘that is not expected to come’.

While the Premier League leaders are ‘reluctant’ to part with such figures for a player who does not represent an obvious upgrade on their current options, the word ‘determined’ is used again to describe a United side that really could do with the right-sided inspiration.

Only one question remains: Will he be an Abdul Rahman Baba or a Kevin de Bruyne?

 

AND THE REST
Real Madrid are hoping a cash-plus-player deal will be enough to persuade Arsenal to part with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30… Manchester United are ready to allow England defender Chris Smalling, 30, to make his loan to Roma permanent, provided they can sign Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28…Arsenal have made an offer to sign Smalling in the summer transfer window, with Manchester United wanting £25m… Arsenal are confident they will be able to agree a deal with Real Madrid to extend 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos’ loan spell should the season run beyond 30 June… Leicester City have been linked with a move for Atalanta and Belgium defender Timothy Castagne, 24… Derby County have been linked with a move for Fenerbahce forward Ferdi Kadioglu, a 20-year-old who has represented Turkey at under-21 level… Arsenal could be on course to land Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig with the 21-year-old French defender keen to move on this summer.

 

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