Transfer Talk: Real Madrid join Man United’s Sancho pursuit

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  • Nick JuddTransfer writer

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Real keeping an eye on Sancho

Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move away from Borussia Dortmund for much of 2020, and now AS are reporting that Real Madrid are keen on landing the in-form winger, but not until next summer.

Zinedine Zidane is scouting Europe for the continent’s best young players and Sancho definitely falls into that category. With 20 goals in 20 matches, 17 in 17 in the Bundesliga, he’s certainly been catching the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs, not least Manchester United.

However, with the Red Devils seemingly having to curtail their spending this summer as a result of the coronavirus, Los Blancos could seize the opportunity. Manchester United had an offer for the 20-year-old turned down earlier in the year, and while they’re desperate to partner Sancho with Marcus Rashford, he could prove too expensive.

Madrid view the signing as a more long-term strategy and so could make a move next year.

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Man City eager to land Sergi Roberto

Manchester City are keen to sign Sergi Roberto from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo, but it won’t be a straight-forward transfer.

It has been reported that the defender could still be used as a makeweight and form part of the transfers of Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan and Miralem Pjanic from Juventus. Barca are now saying he could be sold, though, and that they won’t accept any negotiations on the price.

Roberto’s contract ends in 2022 and he is well known to Pep Guardiola. City are now waiting to see if the Barcelona hierarchy are open to a discussion before lodging an official bid.

If City can prise Roberto away from Camp Nou, they will land a player with six league titles and two Champions League trophies to his name.

United target Maddison restarts Leicester talks

Manchester United are still keen on signing Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, but the Daily Mail reports he’s set for fresh contract talks at Leicester City.

Discussions over a long-term deal with the Foxes had been put on hold from March as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, but now the two parties are set to resume the discussion. Maddison was hoping to double his £50k-a-week salary, but Leicester’s finances might prevent them from being able to offer him what he wants.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to tie a number of players down to long-term contracts, including defenders Caglar Soyuncu, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs.

United have been monitoring Maddison for some time and could guarantee him more money, but they also have eyes for Jack Grealish and as such they’ll be keeping a close eye on the developing situation.

Tap-ins

Newcastle United are hoping to keep Matty Longstaff away from Udinese, but they fully expect him to go to Watford on loan if he does end up leaving for Italy, reports the Daily Mail. Watford and Udinese are both owned by the Pozzo family and both have a history of trading players. Longstaff is out of contract this month and would cost Udinese just £450k in compensation, whereas a direct move to Watford would see the fee settled by tribunal.

Ivan Rakitic will finish the season at Barcelona before meeting Sevilla officials about a potential move to southern Spain, reports Mundo Deportivo. The Andalusians are hoping to get Rakitic at a cut-price deal, as he only has a year left on his contract, and they can offer only a reduced salary. Moreover, Rakitic is after a three-year contract, which is more than Sevilla are willing to offer. Plenty of work in the negotiations to be done on this one.

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