Manchester United line up £70 million summer bid for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

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Manchester United have approached Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund about a potential move for winger Jadon Sancho, according to reports. 

Sancho, 18, has been a star for Dortmund this season, becoming a regular in the side and scoring 7 goals in 21 appearances the Bundesliga, along with a handful of assists. He has also kept Christian Pulisic out of the side, who will join Chelsea in the summer for £60 million.

Dortmund are said to want £70 million for the England star, according to The Sun. However, 15% of that would go to his previous club Manchester City, who inserted a sell-on clause when they sold him to Dortmund for £8 million back in 2017.

City also have an agreement where if a club comes into buy Sancho they can match the offer if they want to.

However, it is thought unlikely that Sancho would want to return to City, at least while Pep Guardiola is in charge.

Sancho would provide competition up front to United’s other young stars, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

Should Sancho come to United – and a move back to England would be tempting, despite him being happy in Germany – then it could hasten the departure of Alexis Sanchez, who has failed to recapture his best form since joining from Arsenal.

This is not the first time this rumour has surfaced. United are thought to be planning a rebuild of the squad and the summer and Sancho would fit the profile of player they are looking for. But much will depend on who is installed as permanent manager and who they want to bring in.

Juventus, Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester City chase Ajax star Mattaijs de Ligt

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A host of clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona are all chasing a summer deal for Ajax star Mattaijs de Ligt this summer. 

De Ligt has become one of the hottest defensive prospects in Europe after a series of fine displays in the Eredivisie and Champions League this season.

The 19-year-old has also broken into the Dutch national side and played a part in helping them to the Nations League semi-finals, which will take place later this year.

It seems certain that Ajax will cash in on the Dutchman this summer and there could be a bidding war for him. His club have valued him at £50 million.

Italian news site Calciomercato speculate that Juventus have an edge in the race thanks to their relationship with agent Mino Raiola, who represents de Ligt.

They say that Raiola doesn’t have such a good relationship with Barcelona. Likewise, it is thought that English clubs also do not want to deal with Raiola. For instance, he has fallen out with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the past, notably when Zlatan Ibrahimovic quit Barca during Guardiola’s spell as boss there.

Liverpool meanwhile may want to pair de Ligt with his international team-mate Virgil van Dijk – and that could be a lure for him.

However, with such a prospect on offer, English clubs may yet do business with Raiola, as it is thought de Ligt is an admirer of the Premier League.

All the factz on Manchester City v Chelsea, including which TV channel its on

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The second match in the Premier League is a heavyweight clash between Manchester City  and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

City will want to regain top spot in the Premier League with a win today, while Chelsea also want to win to go back into the Champions League spots.

The match kicks off at 4pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Chelsea beat City 2-0 in the reverse fixture in December. City had beat Chelsea in the Community Shield at the beginning of the season.
* City have won 12 of their 13 home matches this season, scoring more than one goal in each game.
* Chelsea have lost their last 3 away matches in all competitions.
* Sergio Aguero loves the Etihad: he’s scored him each of his last 6 home appearances and 22 goals in his last 15 in the PL.
* But Chelsea have a threat in Gonazalo Higuain: Under Maurizio Sarri’s management he has scored 38 goals in 37 league appearances.

All the factz on Everton v Manchester City, including which TV channel its on

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There is midweek Premier League action as Everton host Manchester City at Goodison Park. This match has been brought forward due to City taking part in the Carabao Cup Final this weekend.

Everton will be looking to turnaround a miserable run of form but have to face a City side that know that a win will take them back to the top of the Premier League.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm, but it is not being screened on UK television. However, coverage will be on Radio 5Live.

Here are the factz you need to know:

  • City beat Everton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium when the sides met earlier in the season.
  • Everton have won just 3 of their last 12 PL matches, losing 7 of those. Only Huddersfield and Fulham are on worse runs of form.
  • City have lost 3 of their last 5 away matches in the PL – and have kept just one clean sheet in that run.
  • If Everton concede first, then it is generally curtains for them – in the 11 games where they have gone behind first this season, they have lost 9 of those matches and drawn the other 2.
  • Everton have a weakness from set pieces – conceding 11 goals from them this season, a league high shared with Wolves and Newcastle United.

Manchester City target £50 million summer swoop for Leicester City star Ben Chilwell

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Premier League champions Manchester City are plotting to make a £50 million bid to bring Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell to the Etihad Stadium, according to reports. 

Chilwell has made impressive progress in the past 18 months, starting for Leicester as well as breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad. He is now arguably first choice at left-back for the Three Lions.

City boss Pep Guardiola is known to be looking for a left-back. Currently the only senior left-back in his squad is Benjamin Mendy, who has been injury-prone since his arrival in the summer of 2017.

While Mendy has been impressive when fit, injury has restricted him to just 9 Premier League starts this season. Guardiola has had to use a variety of stand-ins for him, including midfielder Fabian Delph. Chilwell would rival Mendy for a place in the starting line-up.

However, Leicester would not let Chilwell go without a fight. The club has been tenacious in holding onto its England stars in the past. For instance, last summer Manchester United wanted to do a £50 million deal to bring defender Harry Maguire to Old Trafford But Foxes bosses held firm and rebuffed all offers for him.

If they were to do a deal, City may have to come up with a financial offer they couldn’t refuse.