Manchester United plan to sign at least four players from a 10-man transfer wanted list this summer, while Aston Villa are bracing themselves for a £30m offer from Newcastle for a star, according to Easter Monday’s paper gossip.
SOLSKJAER WANTS AT LEAST FOUR FROM 10-MAN TRANSFER WISH-LIST SIGNED
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has drawn up an ambitious 10-man transfer wanted list at Manchester United this summer – and has told the club the four priority signings he wants the club to make.
As per the Evening Standard, Solskjaer has placed Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland and Matthijs de Ligt as top targets, with the United boss said to be increasingly confident of landing the first two names. Furthermore, it states that England winger Sancho remains their No 1 target and the player the Red Devils will look to bring in first – even if they’ll likely need to shatter their club record transfer to get the deal done.
Reports recently claimed Sancho had already said yes on a move to Old Trafford, while a move to Liverpool, who have also been linked, looks to be off the table.
The Standard also claims United believe they can land Grealish for around £60m this summer, regardless of whether Villa are relegated or not, while the paper claims they will go back in for Haaland after missing out in January should Borussia Dortmund give any indication they are willing to sell.
It’s a similar story with De Ligt, who snubbed United last summer in favour of Juventus. But a failure to command regular football, together with the financial difficulties experienced by all Italian clubs, means the Old Lady could be forced to cash in. A swap deap with Paul Pogba has also been suggested.
In the event Solskjaer fails to land his first-choice targets, the Standard has, interestingly, named six other players they could look to pursue this summer should they fail to capture their priority list of players.
They claim James Maddison is their Plan B to Grealish, while Birmingham’s Jude Bellingham – rated at £25m – is also high on their agenda. Ajax star Donny van de Beek is also said to be an option, though it’s believed the Dutchman will join Real Madrid.
In attack, the club are said to be impressed by Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner; players they will look at if BVB decide to keep Haaland.
The failure to prise De Ligt from Juve could see United go back in for long-term target Kalidou Koulibaly.
No matter who they sign, the Standard firmly believes the global financial crisis will not affect United and, with the summer window, likely to be a buyers market, Solskjaer and Co are confident of a busy period of business.
AND MORE GOSSIP
Newcastle are poised with a £30m bid to land Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn (Daily Star)
Barcelona are the favourites to sign Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele amid claims he wants to leave (Daily Star)
Roma are reluctant to meet Arsenal’s £22m asking price for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian is on a season-long loan at the Serie A club (Daily Star)
Manchester United are confident that they will not be left with a £75m hole in their finances after kit manufacturers Adidas hit financial trouble (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal players are going to firmly reject proposals which leave them facing a 12.5 per cent pay cut (Daily Mirror)
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has agreed a deal in principle to remain at the club for three years (The Sun)
The Premier League season may be completed in a frantic five-week period when football is played again with the hope that teams will still use their own stadia, rather than neutral venues, even if all the matches will have to be behind closed doors (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal are looking to save around £25m by cutting player wages if they do not qualify for next season’s Champions League (Daily Telegraph)
Senior figures at Manchester City are looking on with interest as UEFA examine whether to relax Financial Fair Play rules in a bid to allow wealthy owners to bail their clubs out of financial turmoil amid the coronavirus crisis (Daily Mail)
Arsenal stars are willing to accept wage deferrals despite rejecting the club’s initial proposals of straight pay cuts (Daily Mail)
Diego Godin is reportedly expected to leave Inter Milan this summer, with a move to the Premier League on the cards (Daily Mail)
Mason Mount could be the key to Chelsea securing West Ham star Declan Rice this summer, with the midfielder admitting he wants to play with his ‘best mate’ again (Daily Mail)
Football League clubs have put their squads on mandatory leave – but told British players not to go abroad (Daily Mail)
Serie A’s top clubs are scouring the free-agent market ahead of the summer transfer window as they look to negotiate a way around their financial issues (Daily Mail)