Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United nightmare could be coming to an end as Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus are both keen on signing the forward.
The Independent has reported that both clubs have met with Sanchez’s intermediaries about the potential for a deal.
United are keen to offload Sanchez and want to do a deal. However, both sides have indicated that they will only look at a deal if the Chilean drops his wage demands. It is believed that there could be some compromise on this.
Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 but the move has been a disaster. Injuries and a loss of form have hit the 30-year-old and he has scored just 3 goals in 32 matches for the Reds. Nevertheless, he still remains a talent if he can recapture his best form.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has targeted Juventus forward Paulo Dybala as a key transfer target as he begins to rebuild his side, according to reports.
United officials have already made contact with their counterparts at Juve about Dybala, 25, according to Italian news outlet Calciomercato.
Dybala has struggled to find his best form this season after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin. He has scored just 10 goals in 39 games in all competitions and is currently on holiday leave from the club.
With this in mind, Juve may well be ready to sell – especially as they are expected to strengthen further this summer after being knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals. A figure of £85 million has been quoted in reports, which is well within United’s spending power.
Solskjaer is planning a clear-out of United players this summer following their failure to secure Champions League football for next season. His striking options are under review with the futures of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial in question.
Lukaku could be an option for Juventus, especially if Antonio Conte returns as manager – he tried to sign him for Chelsea during his tenure there.
Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain have made Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea one of their top summer transfer targets.
PSG are in the market as they want a replacement for veteran stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
The Daily Star reports that the Qatari-backed club are willing to offer de Gea a contract worth £450,000 per week – more than doubling his Manchester United pay packet.
De Gea’s future at Old Trafford is uncertain. His current deal expires in June 2020 and despite months of negotiations between the club and his representatives no new deal has been signed.
This means that he could leave for nothing at the end of next season, so if no deal is in sight, United could decide to cash in on the 28-year-old.
Of course, with only a relatively short time until his deal expires, United could not charge his full market value. This has put PSG on alert and they could tempt United with a £50 million bid.
Of course, other clubs are also interested in the player. Real Madrid have had an interest in him for what seems like forever and could bid, especially as Thibault Coutois has not had a stellar season. Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are also thought to be monitoring de Gea’s situation.
Whether de Gea stays could also be influenced by whether United are playing Champions League football or not next season. They are currently in 6th place, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th – the final Champions League spot – with 2 matches remaining.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are both set to try and tempt Paul Pogba away from Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
Speculation about the future of midfielder Pogba has intensified again in recent weeks again with reports of him not being happy under Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The France international had had very public fallings out with previous boss Jose Mourinho and had been expected to leave in the summer. But this had changed when Solskjaer arrived along with an upturn in form. However, as United and Pogba’s form has dipped, speculation has increased.
Spanish newspaper AS has gone so far as saying that Pogba has agreed terms with Madrid already.
Los Blancos manger Zinedine Zidane is known to be a fan of the 26-year-old and would be the sort of marquee signing he is looking for as he overhauls his squad this summer.
However, Pogba’s former club, Juventus, are also thought to be keen on re-signing him, according to The Observer. Indeed, they report Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has met with Juve officials.
It is thought United will demand £112 million for a player they signed for £89 million back in summer 2016. If Juventus are to fund that, they may have to sell players first.
Whether Pogba stays could largely depend on if Manchester United quality for next season’s Champions League. They currently sit 6th, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th with 2 matches remaining.
Manchester United are set to revive their interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld this summer, but are likely to face stiff competition from Barcelona and Juventus.
Spurs appear resigned to losing Alderweireld in the summer as he has refused to sign a new year. The club activated a clause to extend his existing deal last year but it included a clause that said with one year left he could be sold for £26 million.
That price is viewed as a bargain for the 30-year-old Belgian international and means there will be great interest in him.
United were linked with a £50 million bid for Alderweireld last summer, but no deal was struck. Both manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy were staunch in their refusal to let him go.
Since then, United have been linked with pretty much every top central defender in Europe. However, Alderweireld appears cheaper and more gettable than most others. His Premier League experience would be invaluable too.
However, at that bargain price, others are bound to be interested. La Liga leaders Barcelona have been linked, as have Italian champions Juventus.
Alderweireld could have his pick of the clubs. Whether United stand a chance may well hinge on whether they qualify for the Champions League and who is in permanent charge of the club. Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is favourite to land the job on a full-time basis but others are still in the frame.
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