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Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid chase Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho

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A host of top European clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, as well as Manchester United, are leading the hunt to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer.

Sancho, 19, has enjoyed another stellar season in the Bundesliga, scoring 14 goals and providing 14 assists in just 22 matches.

Inevitably, this has led to transfer speculation about him. While Sancho has publicly said he is happy in Dortmund, the club has form for selling its stars for huge profits and Sancho could well sell for more than £100 million.

Manchester United have long been linked to a player who started out at rivals City. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a fan and would fit with the club’s strategy of buying players before they hit their peak years. 

Meanwhile runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool will be looking to strengthen their side, particularly if rumours that clubs are interested in signing Sadio Mane are true – there is also speculation that the player isn’t entirely happy on Merseyside.

Real Madrid are inevitably linked too as Zinedine Zidane continues his revamp of the ageing squad. Sancho would fit into Madrid’s model and could even be a replacement for Gareth Bale, who may finally exit the Bernabeu this summer.

Should all these clubs follow up their interest, then that £100 million figure could well escalate.

Manchester United line up summer bid for Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly sent scouts to watch Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa with a view to making a bid for the player in the summer.

It is understood that a Manchester United representative was watching as Fiorentina drew 1-1 with AC Milan last weekend.

Chiesa, 22, has scored 7 goals and made 5 assists in 25 appearances for La Viola this season. The winger – son of 90s star Enrico – has also become a fixture in the Italian National side and has 17 caps to his name.

He can play anywhere across the front three but prefers to play on the right, a position Solskjaer is known to want to strengthen. At 22, Chiesa also fits into United’s plan to buy young players who can be developed.

However, Chiesa – who has scored 21 goals in 121 appearances for Fiorentina – will not come cheap. He is contracted to the Florence-based club until 2022 and a figure of £60 million has been touted.

Other clubs are also interested: perennial Italian champions Juventus are keeping tabs on him, and others around Europe will be watching should any club make a bid.

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

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There are three fixtures in the Premier League today, with the opener seeing Everton make the relatively short trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

United have found some form in recent weeks and will be looking to continue that today. However, Everton rediscovered their fight last time out under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson, so this is set to be an intriguing clash.

The match kicks off at 2pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* United won this fixture 2-1 last season. However, the Toffees thumped them 4-0 in the return at Goodison Park.
* The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions at Old Trafford.
* Meanwhile Everton have lost 6 of their last 7 away matches in the Premier League.
* United haven’t registered a clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches.
* Everton best Chelsea last time out, but haven’t won consecutive matches in the Premier League since April.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea among clubs in scramble to sign German wunderkind Kai Havertz

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A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.

Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.

German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.

Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.

It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.

It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.

However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.

Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.

Manchester United could make sensational swoop for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Manchester United are reportedly one contact with Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representatives about a sensational return to Old Trafford.

Ibrahimovic spent two seasons in Manchester, scoring 29 goals despite a serious knee injury ruling him out for a large chunk of his second season.

He departed for LA Galaxy and the MLS in 2018 and has become a star in that league too – scoring 31 goals in as many games. However, his contract is up in January and it doesn’t look like he will be signing a new contract there.

Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb has claimed that United could turn to the 38-year-old as a short-term solution to the club’s lack of striking options.

United sold Romelu Lukaku and let Alexis Sanchez leave on a season-long loan – both went to Inter Milan – but weren’t replaced. This has left United light up front, especially when Anthony Martial was injured.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been linked with a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January, but a move for Ibrahimovic would no doubt be popular.

However, United are likely to face competition to sign the Swede. He has been linked with a move to AC Milan and Bologna in Italy recently and others would surely be interested in signing him.

But what Ibrahimovic does will be down to him – as is everything he does – and retirement has not been ruled out either.