Transfer Talk: Man United lead for Sancho over Liverpool, Barcelona


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  • Nick JuddTransfer writer

The winter transfer window is closed, but now it’s time to look ahead to the summer! Here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

Manchester United confident of landing Sancho

Manchester United believe they can bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford this summer, that’s according to the Daily Mirror.

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The deal will cost them £120 million, a fee that is putting off other would-be suitors including Liverpool, Chelsea and Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Sancho left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for just £8m, but now it looks as though the exciting attacking winger could return to the city for a far bigger fee. The player himself is said to favour United where he can line up alongside England teammate Marcus Rashford, and where he is guaranteed more game time than, say, Liverpool.

United are desperate to land a marquee signing and they have long courted a player considered one of Europe’s hottest properties.

The Mirror suggests that United are willing to spend more than the £89m they paid for Paul Pogba in 2016.

Griezmann to be given No. 7 shirt at Manchester United

United would appear to have their tails up this evening, for Mundo Deportivo are also reporting that the Reds lead to the race to sign Antoine Griezmann, a player they think is the perfect fit for the No. 7 shirt currently occupied by Alexis Sanchez.

Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell the Frenchman for £90m and United are preparing an ambitious bid. Griezmann has failed to impress at Camp Nou and despite the fact he’s only been there for one season, the club are looking to cash in so they can revamp their squad.

Griezmann was linked with a move to United in 2017 but he instead opted to stay at Atletico Madrid, then under a transfer embargo, until Barca paid his £110m release clause.

But now United are confident of landing a big name and they’re willing to dangle the carrot of the no.7 shirt, soon to be vacated by Sanchez, a player United expect to move on permanently.

Vidal to join Inter in the summer

Inter Milan finally look set to land their man Arturo Vidal this summer with Barcelona keen to clear the decks, reports Calciomercato.

Inter were keen to land the midfielder in January but failed as a result of Barca’s change in management following the appointment of Quique Setien. However, the situation has now changed. Barcelona need to sell players to lower costs and bolster their own spending funds, and the Chilean would make space for some needed income.

Moreover, Inter hold the key to the striker Barca really want, Lautaro Martinez, so any business they can do to help facilitate this deal is likely. This is perhaps why Corriere dello Sport are suggesting Barca are offering up to five players for the signing of Martinez, offering Arthur Melo, Jean-Clair Tobido, Carles Alena and Nelson Semedo as well as Vidal.

If Vidal goes alone, he is likely to cost between €10-15m, and both player and Inter boss Antonio Conte are interested on the deal going through.


– West Bromwich Albion will make loan star Filip Krovinovic a permanent signing this summer… if they’re promoted to the Premier League. The Croatia international has been in fine form this season since joining from Benfica, scoring two goals and registering four assists in 31 games. Benfica are expecting around £11m for the midfielder, though Daily Mail reports that the Baggies will try to negotiate the price down.

– Napoli are looking to sign both Layvin Kurzawa and Thomas Meunier from Paris Saint-Germain, according to le10sport. The duo are both out of contract in the summer and Napoli boss Gennaro Gattuso is said to be a big admirer of both players. Meunier has already turned down overtures from Inter Milan and was said to be close to signing for Borussia Dortmund. Kurzawa has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal.


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