SANCHO No. 1 UNITED TARGET This one’s starting to look like it might be a goer. Manchester United look set to go absolutely all out for Jadon Sancho this summer with even a £100m+ fee for the teenager not remotely dampening their interest. That’s what three defeats in four will do to you.
United have made him their top target and, while Real Madrid and PSG are also interested, a return to Manchester is the likeliest outcome according to the Independent.
Solskjaer wants his team to be young and fast. Sancho fits the bill – certainly more so than Alexis Sanchez, who will be shipped off to make room for the England youngster.
Dortmund hold plenty of cards. Sancho is not desperate to leave and has three years left on his contract. At the very least, Dortmund are going to get a truly spectacular return on the £8m investment they made two years ago.
REAL ROUND-UP There’s a whole bunch of Real Madrid-flavoured Gossip this morning, so let’s get it all out of the way in one go and move on with our lives.
Zinedine Zidane won’t rule out a summer departure for Gareth Bale, according to the Mirror, although the player himself has apparently told his entourage he has no plans to leave the Bernabeu. That’s in Marca.
Zidane has been clearer on Raphael Varane, a rather fanciful target for Manchester United if reports are to be believed – which they almost never should. “I don’t want a Madrid without Varane,” tubthumps ZZ in Marca. Goal reckon if anyone does wish to prise Varane from Madrid it’ll take the full £429m of his release clause to get it done. Probably, yeah.
According to The Sun, Real and Juventus have moved ahead of the Manchester clubs in the chase for Benfica teenager Joao Felix.
Last and very much least, Thibaut Courtois could well be on his way this summer. Sometimes dreams can be nightmares.
YOURI THE ONE Leicester could be facing a fight to make Youri Tielemans’ eye-catching loan spell at the King Power permanent. Tottenham were already sniffing around, and now reports in Belgium suggest Manchester United are also interested. At least Leicester know he’s not United’s top target.
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed talks are already under way with Monaco about a £40m permanent deal, with Adrien Silva a potential makeweight.
AND THE REST Both Milan clubs are keen on Chelsea’s Pedro… Arsenal had scouts watching Nicolo Barella play for Cagliari against Juventus… Sam Allardyce says he’s not been contacted by West Brom but would be interested because of course he hasn’t and of course he would… Jose Mourinho reckons he might give the Bundesliga a go next. Lucky Bundesliga… Reece James’ loan spell at Wigan will earn him a place in Chelsea’s first-team squad next season… Aberdeen will receive 20 per cent of any fee should Ryan Fraser leave Bournemouth – Arsenal and Spurs are sniffing around…
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