Paper Talk: Man Utd plotting to copy Liverpool with £50m-plus bid for impressive target

Pedro Neto, Renato Sanches Portugal v Andorra November 2020

Manchester United find a Premier League alternative to Jadon Sancho, while Tottenham and Arsenal are offered a winger – both in all the latest Paper Talk.


Manchester United are eyeing up a potential raid on Wolves this summer for star winger Pedro Neto, according to a report.

The Sun on Sunday claims that the 21-year-old has moved up Old Trafford chiefs’ transfer shortlist in recent months.

Indeed, he has reportedly become a ‘genuine’ alternative to the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

United have begun to show more attention to a raid for Neto amid his strong season for Wolves. The Molineux club have suffered a downturn in form this term, but Neto has proved a shining light up front.

The newspaper reports that United could have signed Neto in 2016. The one-time Portugal international arrived on trial from Braga, but failed to convince Carrington coaches.

Nevertheless, his rise since moving to Wolves has now caught the attention of United staff.

Manchester United can't spend big this summer

Manchester United can't spend big this summer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits the club is unlikely to spend big in the upcoming summer transfer window due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neto, who moved to the Premier League from Lazio in the summer of 2019, played a bit-part role in his debut top-flight season.

However, following the departure of Diogo Jota to Liverpool in September, Neto has become a key star in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Should United go for Neto, they would be following in the footsteps of the Reds, who have reaped the rewards of Jota’s form.

The Sun on Sunday adds that it would take around £51.5million for United to prise Neto away from his current employers.

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Lucas Vazquez TEAMtalk

Tottenham and Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid star Lucas Vazquez. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford may not play again this season due to a side strain. Therefore, doubt has emerged over his role at Euro 2020. (Sun on Sunday)

Leeds are ready to listen to offers for winger Helder Costa after he slipped down the pecking order under Marcelo Bielsa. (Football Insider)


Georginio Wijnaldum TEAMtalk

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has agreed a pre-contract with Barcelona. (Sunday Times)

But with Wijnaldum set to become the first signing of Joan Laporta’s Barca presidency, the club chief also wants Erling Haaland at Camp Nou. (Sunday Express)

Wijnaldum’s fellow Dutchman Virgil van Dijk is on a collision course with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp over his comeback plans. (Sunday Mirror)

Aston Villa captian Jack Grealish will delay his return from injury until after the international break. As such, he will not feature in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham. (Mail on Sunday)


Slavisa Jokanovic

Sheffield United want to tempt Slavisa Jokanovic to take them back up to the Premier League next season. The former Fulham boss won promotion to the top flight with Fulham. (Sun on Sunday)

Meanwhile, West Brom will offer ex-Blades boss Chris Wilder a job if Sam Allardyce leaves this summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

However, Wilder will have to forfeit part of his United pay-off if he takes another job in the next six months. (Sun on Sunday)

Hertha Berlin’s on-loan midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has no future at the German club and will return to Arsenal at the end of the season. Indeed, Hertha have become frustrated with his ‘stubbornness’ and ‘failure to take advice’. (Mail on Sunday)

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta wants England boss Gareth Southgate to use Bukayo Saka sparingly during the international break. The teenager has suffered with hamstring problems of late. (Sunday Mirror)


Manchester United are preparing talks with Luke Shaw over a new deal for the left-back amid his strong form. (Sunday Mirror)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also confirmed talks about tying Edinson Cavani down to a new deal. (Sun on Sunday)

However, defender Eric Bailly has no intentions of penning fresh terms at Old Trafford. (Sun)

Meanwhile, United’s new shirt sponsor TeamViewer suffered a share slump on Friday due to concerns over the cost of the deal. (Mail on Sunday)