Manchester United look set to press ahead with an £80 million move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports.
Sancho has been a standout performer for Dortmund this year, producing a string of impressive displays and goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League. He has managed to keep more established players, such as Christian Pulisic, on the bench.
Inevitably, this has led to rumours of other clubs looking to sign the England player in the summer. The rumour about United’s interest first surfaced some weeks ago, but it is continuing to gain traction.
The Independent is the latest to report United’s interest, saying that an £80 million bid is on the cards. It is thought Sancho fits the ethos of buying young talent in, and he would provide competition for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Any such move would also likely hasten Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Old Trafford. The Chilean has struggled since he joined in January 2018, and could be allowed to leave, either on a permanent or season-long loan.
However, whether Sancho would come is open to question. He is enjoying life in Germany and may decide that another year starting regularly in the Bundesliga might be the best thing for his development.
History shows that while Dortmund may not want to sell, if the price is right they will do a deal.
Premier League clubs Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are all considering making a bid for Real Madrid star Isco this summer as his relationship with the club continues to deteriorate.
Isco has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu under manager Santiago Solari this season and was left out of the match day squad last weekend over concerns over his fitness and focus. Solari has reportedly also requested that Real bosses take disciplinary action against the forward.
Isco also refused to board the team bus ahead of Real’s Champions League defeat against Ajax last week, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
With Real planning a major clearout of players this summer after their poor season – culminating in being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax at the last 16 stage – it looks increasingly likely that Isco will be one of the players to depart.
There will be no shortage of interest in the 26-year-old. Manchester United are looking for creative attackers, especially if misfit Alexis Sanchez moves on.
Meanwhile London rivals Spurs and Arsenal will be looking to bolster their squads in order to be able to make a sustained bid to win the Premier League title.
However, Arsenal May have to sell before they could buy a player of Isco’s value. Mesut Ozil would The the obvious name to be sold in that case, given his fractious relationship with manager Unai Emery and £350,000 per week wage packet.
Isco would likely command a transfer fee in excess of £50 million, given his age and record prior to this season.
Manchester United are considering making a bid for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala this summer – but only if current striker Romelu Lukaku leaves, according to reports.
United scouts have been impressed with Dybala for some time with his performances in Serie A and the Champions League.
The Sun claim that United have already sounded out their counterparts at Juventus about the possibility of a deal, and it seems that a bid of £120 million may be enough to get their man.
However, this bid may only happen if United sell Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has appeared to recapture his best form in the past couple of weeks with 4 goals in his last 2 games but there has been speculation that he may leave in the summer.
One potential destination for Lukaku could be Juventus. There has been rumoured interest in him from Turin for some time, so a player-plus-cash deal involving Dybala is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Other clubs in Serie A, notably Inter Milan, are also said to be interested in Lukaku. At 26, he is in the peak of his career so United would want to at least recoup the £75 million they paid Everton for him two years ago.
AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has emerged as an early summer transfer target for new Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, according to reports.
Rodgers, who took over at the King Power Stadium earlier this week, is said to already be planning to revamp the Foxes squad during the summer and England striker Wilson is at the top of his wish list, The Sun has reported.
Wilson has scored 10 goals in 21 Premier League appearances this season for the Cherries and has also made his England debut.
There was interest in the striker from Chelsea and West Ham United during last month’s transfer window, but no deal was done. Wilson is currently on the sidelines following a knee operation.
However, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will not want to lose one of his key players, and the club do not have to sell. But a bid of £40 million could be enough to tempt them into cashing in.
Lille forward Nicolas Pepe – a long-term target for Arsenal – could leave the club this summer, but only if the club receive an offer of £50 million for him, according to the club’s sporting director.
Pepe has been a star in Ligue Un this season, scoring 17 goals in 28 appearances.
Arsenal have been tracking the Ivory Coast International for some time. However, financial constraints meant the Gunners couldn’t bid for him in January. But in the summer it is expected boss Unai Emery will have funds to spend.
Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos has now admitted that an offer of about £50 million would be hard to turn down.
Speaking to French TV station Telefoot, Campos said: “We are not a rich club – it means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.”
However, Arsenal will face strong competition for Pepe, with Manchester United and Barcelona among the other clubs said to be interested.
It is thought that if he is sold, it would be to a side in the Champions League. Arsenal are currently in a battle for 4th place – and the final Champions League spot – in the Premier League. Whether they make it into Europe’s top tournament could have a large bearing on their attractiveness to Pepe.
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