Liverpool and Man Utd target Jadon Sancho has decided on his next destination, while Islam Slimani’s reason for not joining Villa has been revealed, according to Thursday’s Paper Talk.
SANCHO MAKES HIS MIND UP AS LIVERPOOL STEP UP BID
Liverpool have reportedly made it very clear to Borussia Dortmund that they want to sign England winger Jadon Sancho this summer, but the player himself favours a different destination.
Manchester United, City and Chelsea are also known to be chasing the attacker, but a report in the Daily Mail claims that Jurgen Klopp is hoping his connections at the German club will give them the upper hand.
The 19-year-old, who is good friends with Reds quartet Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Rhian Brewster, looks certain to quit the Bundesliga this summer – with the latest reports suggesting that his time in Dortmund is done.
The Daily Mail reports that the England man could cost potential suitors around £100million, with some suggestions that the fee could go as high as £120m, as Dortmund hope that a bidding war will ensue.
But despite Liverpool making their stance clear, it would appear that Sancho is favoring a switch to Old Trafford instead.
The Daily Mirror states the youngster, who has scored 12 goals and added 13 assists in just 19 Bundesliga games this term, is willing to accept United’s offer of over £200,000 a week – a figure that both Liverpool and Chelsea are not willing to match.
AND THE REST
Chelsea have entered a £50m battle with Manchester United to land Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham (The Sun)
England could play ties against Argentina and Brazil outside the World Cup under a new deal (The Sun)
Arsenal are ready to start contract talks with Matteo Guendouzi (The Sun)
Manchester United changed their Marbella hotel amid coronavirus fears – after it emerged Rafa Benitez and his Chinese club had stayed there last week (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are the new favourites to sign Jadon Sancho with Chelsea closing in on a deal for Ajax attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech (Standard)
Mohamed Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa insists no decision has yet been made over the Liverpool star’s participation in this year’s Olympic Games (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea are plotting to re-sign Jeremie Boga from Sassuolo just two years after offloading the winger (Daily Star)
Frank Lampard intends to sign at least four players this summer in a spending spree that will cost Chelsea upwards of £150m (Metro)
Aston Villa failed to sign Islam Slimani in the January transfer window because the Leicester City striker did not want to play in a relegation battle (Birmingham Mail)
Paul Pogba is targeting a return to action for France’s friendlies next month to cement his place for the European Championships (Daily Telegraph)
Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will appear before a Football Association disciplinary panel next week as he contests a charge of racist abuse (Daily Telegraph)
Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan contained no clauses for Manchester United to get the Belgium striker back to Old Trafford in a future deal (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City were involved in a furious dispute with UEFA’s chief financial investigator and demanded damages from the European body after his recommendation for a one-season Champions League ban for the club was leaked, court documents have revealed (The Times)
Former Hibernian and Dundee United striker Simon Murray set to leave South African side Bidvest Wits in the summer (Scottish Sun)