Euro Paper Talk: Second alternative lined up as Man Utd plan for Sancho snub

Date published: Tuesday 19th May 2020 12:24 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United line up a second alternative to Jadon Sancho, while Jose Mourinho wants a Real Madrid defender at Tottenham – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.



Manchester United have lined up Juventus winger Douglas Costa as their “first alternative” if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earmarked a wide forward as one of his top priorities for the upcoming transfer window and the Red Devils have been linked with Sancho since last summer.

The speculation linking Sancho to Old Trafford has grown stronger this season but recent reports have indicated that the club are planning for alternative signings.

While United reportedly feel they can outbid other clubs for his signature, it was previously claimed that Schalke’s Rabbi Matondo would be targeted if a move for Sancho fails.

Now, Calciomercato claims that Costa, who has only made 18 appearances this season, is also being considered.

The Brazilian moved to the Serie A giants on loan from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017 and made 31 outings in his first season with the club.

In the past two campaigns, however, he has been hampered by injury and suspension problems.

United are not the only club to be following Costa, the report claims, with Barcelona, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also keen.



Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has asked the club to rival Arsenal in the race for Madrid defender Nacho (Don Balon)

Napoli officials have spoken to Sergio Aguero and are ready to offer the Manchester City striker a four-year deal with an annual salary of €7.5million (CalcioNapoli24)

City are close to beating Newcastle to the signing of Penarol youngster Faculo Pellistri, having worked with the Uruguayan club in the past few weeks (AS)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and club president Florentino Perez have disagreed over whether to make a move for Liverpool‘s Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah (Don Balon)


Rangers have until the end of May to decide whether to make the loan deal for Genk’s Ianis Hagi permanent, which will cost the Scottish side €5m (Het Belang van Limburg)

Genk will exercise the option to bring Celtic loanee Eboue Kouassi to the club on a permanent deal (Het Belang van Limburg)

West Ham transfer target Gonzalo Montiel has a release clause of US$15million that goes up to US$20million in the final days of the transfer window (El Intransigente)

Leicester defender Caglar Soyncu is a target for Barcelona in the upcoming transfer target (beIN Sports)

Everton are keen on Sporting midfielder Wendel but are yet to submit an offer, with his valuation set at around €20million (Correio de Manha)


Madrid will rely on Luka Jovic for goals next season and have scrapped plans to sign Erling Braut Haaland from Borussia Dortmund (Cadena Cope)

Jovic’s fellow Los Blancos attacker Eden Hazard feels “very, very good” ahead of the expected return of LaLiga next month (Marca)

Barcelona made unsuccessful attempts to sign Harry Kane from Spurs before Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez became their main target (Mundo Deportivo)

Barcelona are set to lose youngster Marc Cucurella to Getafe after their LaLiga rivals inserted – and have activated – a purchase option in his second successive loan deal (Mundo Deportivo)

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Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, whose contract in he French capital expires at the end of the season (France Football)

Atalanta full-back Robin Gosens has claimed that it is his boyhood dream to take to the field for Schalke before he retires (ZDF)

AC Milan will bring in Stade Reims goalkeeper Pedrag Rajkovic if they lose Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer (Tuttosport)

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