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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, 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.

Barcelona and Real Madrid head chase for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are monitoring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s situation with a view to making a bid for him.

Aubameyang has been a stand-out for a misfiring Gunners side this season, scoring 9 goals already. Since he joined the club in January 2017, the Gabon international has scored 50 goals in 78 appearances in all competitions.

However, Aubameyang’s contract is up in the summer of 2021 and he has indicated that he might leave this summer if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League – they are currently 8 points behind Chelsea in the 4th and final place after 13 matches.

Aubameyang has also refused to commit to the club and sign a new contract.

The Daily Star has reported that both Spanish giants are monitoring the situation and could make a bid for the 30-year-old and could make a bid in January or the summer.

Barcelona are known to be seeking a new striker to replace the ageing and increasingly injury-prone Luis Suarez. Meanwhile Real are still in the midst of a squad rebuild under Zinedine Zidane.

Both would welcome someone with a proven record of goalscoring in England and Germany over several seasons.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move to China but it is believed he would prefer to stay in Europe if he were to move.

Arsenal wouldn’t want to lose one of their stars but much will depend on the coming months. Manager Unai Emery is under pressure and could be sacked if results don’t improve quickly. Whether a new man could turn the Gunners’ season around – or convince Aubameyang to stay – would remain to be seen.

Barcelona eye move for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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La Liga champions Barcelona are reportedly considering making a bid in January for new Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Barcelona are looking to bolster their attacking options, given that Luis Suarez is struggling with injuries and form currently.

Their bitter rivals Real Madrid are also said to be keeping tabs on the Gabon international, as manager Zinedine Zidane continues to refresh his squad.

Aubameyang has been a revelation in an Arsenal side that has struggled for consistency and has missed out on Champions League qualification for the past two seasons. He recently scored his 50th goal for the club in just his 78th appearance.

However, Aubameyang has yet to commit his long-term future to the Gunners and could be tempted to move on if they don’t reach the Champions League again this season.

It has been claimed that Arsenal would listen to offers if Aubameyang decides he wants to leave. However, they would not want to lose their star player who has scored so many goals for them since he arrived in January 2018. If they were to consider an offer, they would certainly want something in excess of £50 million.

Real Madrid plotting bid for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making a player-plus-cash deal to try and tempt Manchester City into parting with Raheem Sterling, according to reports.

Sky Sports News has claimed that Real are lining up a bid of £70 million plus Gareth Bale for Sterling.

Madrid officials are understood to be monitoring Sterling’s performances for City and England over the next month before finalising their plans.

Los Blancos have a long-standing interest in Sterling – they met with his representatives in the summer but no bid was forthcoming – and president Florentino Perez is know to be a big fan of the player.

However, it is thought that City boss has little interest in signing 30-year-old Bale. He will also not want to part with a crucial part of his side who is entering the peak years of his career.

While Sterling is on record as saying he would like to play in La Liga at some point, it would likely take a bid of close to if not more than the £198 million record that Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.