Manchester United drop a huge hint over their summer business, while Chelsea register interest in a Borussia Dortmund star – all in the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD TAKE OUT £140m LOAN
Manchester United have taken out a £140million loan that could be used to fund summer transfers for the likes of Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
Despite the transfer market likely being skewed by the financial impact of the health crisis, the Red Devils have been linked with big-money moves for the likes of Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.
However, United’s latest financial results – published last Thursday – revealed they were not immune to the situation, announcing a drop in matchday, retail and broadcast revenue and a rise in debt to £429.1million.
The Manchester Evening News, therefore, reports that to help the club get through the health crisis, United have taken out the £140million loan.
The newspaper says that it will help the club preserve financial flexibility, with The Sun adding that it will go some way to helping fund large transfers.
England international Sancho is rated at over £100million and Dortmund, who are under no pressure to sell up, are set to stick to that valuation.
Previous reports have indicated that Villa are set to demand the full price for Grealish, even if they are relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
AND THE REST
Chelsea are interested in a move for Borussia Dortmund’s £15m-rated goalkeeper Roman Burki (Daily Mail)
Blues boss Frank Lampard will hold more talks with N’Golo Kante after Premier League clubs voted to move to phase two of restricted contact training (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he does not expect clubs to begin spending huge fees again once the global health crisis passes (Daily Star)
Premier League clubs are set to clash on Thursday about a rebate being demanded by broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport over matches that were not aired (The Telegraph)
Liverpool will lead a string of clubs to argue against paying the broadcasting rebate (The Guardian)
Players and managers will be warned about their language after swearing was picked up in the Bundesliga due to the lack of fan noise (Daily Mail)
Watford captain Troy Deeney has been convinced by his wife to return to training, admitting that he probably wouldn’t have done so without her influence (Daily Mirror)
Saudi Arabia is set to bid for Premier League TV rights to neutralise concerns over the takeover of Newcastle (Daily Star)
The majority of Newcastle‘s recruitment team remain on the government’s furlough scheme, much to the frustration of the club’s scouts (Daily Mail)
Everton have been touted to rival Newcastle for the signing of John Stones from Manchester City (Daily Star)
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says his players will be raring to go after being given the green light to resume contact training (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw says his side’s fully-fit squad will make them stronger when the Premier League restarts (Daily Star)
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says playing behind closed doors will not be a problem, with the Red Devils’ last match against LASK in March being played without fans (The Guardian)