Paper Talk: Man Utd, Chelsea face £178m hit to land top target

Date published: Sunday 21st February 2021 9:47

Manchester United and Chelsea are facing forking out a huge financial package to land a top striker target this summer, while PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to sign a Tottenham star, according to Sunday’s transfer gossip.

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Manchester United and Chelsea will reportedly face paying £178million to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer.

The Norway international has been unstoppable for Dortmund since joining them last year. His prolific form is expected to earn him a big-money move, with Europe’s top clubs watching on.

The Daily Star claims that United and Chelsea are among the leading contenders to sign Haaland.

However, they face paying a transfer fee of around £100m, whilst also investing a further £78m in his wages over five years.

That is significantly more than the €20m that Dortmund paid to bring in the 20-year-old from RB Salzburg.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the market for a central striker. Edinson Cavani is only on a short-term deal, while Anthony Martial has never fulfilled his potential at Old Trafford.

Mason Greenwood was used as a No.9 in the Europa League win at Real Sociedad. But Solskjaer is still said to prefer the forward as a right-winger.

As for Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has plenty of attacking options at his disposal. But summer signing Timo Werner has struggled to adapt to English football.

Olivier Giroud looks likely to move on this summer, while Tammy Abraham has struggled for consistency.

To that end, the Blues are ready to make a big splash for Haaland.

The one major question mark remains over whether both clubs would fork out such a huge amount, given the current financial contraints affecting the game.


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Mauricio Pochettino wants Harry Kane at Paris Saint-Germain, but any move for the £150m-rated Tottenham star this summer depends on the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar who are both wanted men in Spain. (Sunday Mirror)

Leicester are weighing up a move for the country’s top goalscorer, Brentford’s Ivan Toney to eventually replace Jamie Vardy. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal have made Club Bruges’ Ivorian midfielder Odilon Kossounou, 20, one of their top targets for the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Wolves also fancy making a move for Kossounou. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United will ditch either Dean Henderson or David de Gea when the season finishes. (Sun on Sunday)

Mikel Arteta signalled he is already planning to make an attempt to keep Martin Odegaard at Arsenal beyond the end of the campaign. (Sunday Times)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Manchester United saw a sensational bid worth £130m for Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati rejected last summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Marcos Alonso wants to sign a new deal at Chelsea having been brought in from the cold by new manager Thomas Tuchel. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United are monitoring Everton’s teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite. (Mail on Sunday)

Michael Duff has emerged as a contender for the vacant manager’s job at Bristol Rovers. (Mail on Sunday)

Kevin De Bruyne will delay committing himself to a new deal at Manchester City until after the summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City club chiefs have reportedly been left fuming by rumours they have approached Barcelona over a move for Lionel Messi. (Daily Star Sunday)

Celtic will offer Airdrie winger Thomas Robert the chance to train, but Aberdeen are also keen on the French winger. (Daily Record)

Steven Gerrard admits loan Ranger Bongani Zungu could have sealed his own Ibrox fate by breaking Covid rules. (Sunday Mail)

Sheffield Wednesday boss Neil Thompson has issued a warning to Liam Shaw after the midfield saw red just days after signing a deal with Celtic. (Sunday Mail)

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