Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd avoid falling into costly trap as summer target makes intriguing ploy

Date published: Wednesday 31st March 2021 12:25 - Jonny Whitfield

Jadon Sancho, Jules Kounde Sevilla v Borussia Dortmund February 2021

Manchester United remain wary of their pursuit of a top winger target, while a Tottenham transfer hurdle has been cleared – both in all the latest Euro Paper Talk.

MAN UTD CAUTIOUS OVER SANCHO

Manchester United are operating caution over a potential deal for Jadon Sancho despite fresh expectation that he is expecting a summer transfer, a report claims.

United missed out on the winger last summer after refusing to pay Borussia Dortmund’s £108million valuation.

However, Sancho has eaten into another year of his contract and doubt remains over his fee this this time around. Indeed, Dortmund are hoping to qualify for next season’s Champions League to boost their chances of keeping him.

A previous report from Eurosport has revealed how United feel that a bid of around £50million could tempt Dortmund this summer.

Fresh claims from Eurosport now say that in-the-know figures have ‘begun signalling’ that Sancho wants a move ahead of next season.

What’s more, the former Manchester City man wants to return to English football.

Despite this boost, though, United are wary of jumping at the prospect of a deal. Red Devils chiefs want to wait and see what sort of fee Dortmund are expecting for their winger.

United officials ‘hope’ that Sancho’s price has ‘dropped significantly’ from its previous three-figure mark.

As well as the Old Trafford club, Chelsea have been linked with a swoop for the England international in the past.


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AND THE REST FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Paulo Dybala TEAMtalk

Tottenham are working on a potential deal for Paulo Dybala. Furthermore, the issue over image rights which scuppered their 2019 signing attempt has gone. (Calciomercato)

Everton and Leeds remain firmly in the hunt to sign Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez. The winger will be a free agent in July, but Madrid could yet make a final contract offer. (Milan News)

Manchester City bosses have decided not to go after Lionel Messi in this summer’s transfer window. Instead, they will focus solely on replacing striker Sergio Aguero. (Sport)

City will battle with Barcelona for Erling Haaland, but Inter’s Lautaro Martinez is a ‘serious’ alternative for the Spanish club. (Sport)

Meanwhile, Martinez’s team-mate Romelu Lukaku is City’s Plan B if they miss out on Haaland. (Eurosport)

EVERTON TARGET OPENS TRANSFER DOOR

Mattias Svanberg Bologna v Sampdoria March 2021

Everton-linked Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg has opened the door to a future move to the Premier League. (Sportbladet)

Arsenal continue to have a strong interest in Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Evan N’Dicka. (Bild)

On-loan Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi has welcomed Belgium boss Roberto Martinez’s backing, amid his struggles for his club. (RTBF)

Real Madrid have rebuffed Tottenham’s enquiry for exciting youngster Miguel Gutierrez. (Defensa Central)

But Spurs have in fact had no contact with Benfica over a permanent deal for loan striker Carlos Vinicius. (A Bola)

LAPORTA CONTINUES BARCELONA RESTRUCTURING

Joan Laporta TEAMtalk

New Barcelona president Joan Laporta is continuing his restructuring of the club by appointing two new vice-presidents. (RAC1)

Madrid have made Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde an alternative target should they fail to sign David Alaba – and Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane depart. (AS)

Mario Mandzukic’s agent says that his client could renew at AC Milan, even if he does not meet the conditions for doing so. Indeed, injuries have held the striker back this season. (Sky Italia)

CHIELLINI FUTURE CLEARED UP

Giorgio Chiellini, Adrien Rabiot Juventus

Meanwhile, Giorgio Chiellini’s agent has confirmed that the defender has not received a new contract offer from Juventus. (Sky Italia)

Everton striker Richarlison has revealed how Liverpool’s Thiago snubbed his apology for the tackle which left the midfielder with a knee injury in October. (Sport Witness)

Liverpool have not made a bid for defender Ibrahima Konate. Nevertheless, the RB Leipzig man feels ‘dissatisfied’ with his role at his current employers. (Sky Germany)

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