Manchester United are closing on a £100m deal for one of Europe’s most exciting stars, while Brendan Rodgers is expected to secure the £20m signing of one of his former Celtic stars, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
SOLSKJAER CLOSING ON JADON SANCHO SWOOP
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to hold off splashing out £80m on a centre-back this summer in order to secure the £100m transfer of Jadon Sancho.
That’s according to The Sun, who claims the teenage England winger has now been made Manchester United’s No 1 target this summer following encouragement a deal could be struck.
United were thought to be readying a world-record swoop for a defender with Kalidou Koulibaly top of their wishlist, but with Napoli refusing to sell, together with the Red Devils’ new defensive resolve, Solskjaer is willing to completely change his transfer plans.
Which is why the paper claims Solskjaer will trust the defenders he has at his disposal to continue next season for United and will instead apportion the vast majority of his summer budget on a swoop for Sancho.
United are known admirers of the former Man City youngster, and while their neighbours have first refusal on re-signing the star, they are unlikely to make a move, leaving Solskjaer with a free run at the player.
Borussia Dortmund have insisted they have no desire to cash in on Sancho, but United know the Bundesliga side have a history of caving in to big offers and there is a growing feeling that an offer of £100m would be simply too good for BVB to reject.
Solskjaer’s change in stance could also mean a Manchester United lifeline for Eric Bailly, who was expected to be moved on this summer.
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