Manchester United could get a big transfer as part of a new exit route for Jesse Lingard, while Arsenal’s transfer plan is in doubt – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
DORTMUND WANT LINGARD
Borussia Dortmund have registered firm interest in Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, which the Red Devils could reportedly use to get Jadon Sancho.
Lingard has used a loan spell at West Ham to make himself the centre of attention again, providing a huge boost to the Hammers. As such, debate has begun about his future. West Ham boss David Moyes wants a permanent deal for the midfielder, while United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Bruno Fernandes has largely kept him out of his team.
West Ham may therefore seem an ideal destination for the 28-year-old, but his wage demands concern the London club.
Nevertheless, The Sun now claims that Dortmund are ‘big admirers’ of Lingard and could swoop for him.
As part of the deal, United could get winger Sancho, reportedly one of their big targets for the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils failed with a swoop last summer because of Dortmund’s £108million valuation. Reports now suggest that that fee has lowered significantly.
As regards the other financial parts of the deal, United value Lingard at £20million and want his full value from whichever club they sell him to – if they decide to do so.
The Sun adds that Dortmund want as much as possible for Sancho because they have to pay his former club Manchester City 15 per cent of his transfer fee as per a sell-on clause.
Sancho put in a fantastic display for Dortmund on Thursday, scoring twice as his side beat RB Leipzig to win the German Cup.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Wholesale changes at Real Madrid this summer could scupper Arsenal’s plans to keep loan star Martin Odegaard. (Daily Star)
Indeed, boss Zinedine Zidane will almost certainly leave the Spanish capital club, regardless of whether Los Blancos win La Liga. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will hand manager Thomas Tuchel a £150million transfer war chest this summer. (The Sun)
Southampton have joined the race for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. Leicester and Arsenal have also been linked with the Frenchman. (The Sun)
BIELSA CLOSE TO NEW LEEDS DEAL
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa is on the verge of agreeing a new contract. (Daily Telegraph)
Man Utd will get a big financial windfall if West Ham qualify alongside them for the top four. (The Sun)
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have turned their Old Trafford corporate boxes into substitute bedrooms. The move comes as a result of fears over anti-Glazer protests from fans. (The Sun)
Nevertheless, the Glazer family are planning to fund a move for Harry Kane to appease United fans. (Daily Express)
MAN CITY’S PRIORITIES LAID BARE
Kane also has interest from Manchester City as they hunt a new striker this summer. Erling Haaland, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva join the Tottenham star on Pep Guardiola’s shortlist. (Daily Express)
Guardiola has made a new world-class striker his summer priority, despite interest in Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish. (Daily Telegraph)
In any case, the Spanish manager will receive backing from City in a bid to defend their Premier League title. (The Times)
MOURINHO EYES WOLVES STAR
Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has just over 12 months left on his contract, could emerge as a new target for Roma boss Jose Mourinho. (Calciomercato)
The EFL has revealed that the recent social media boycott in a bid to tackle racism reached 1.7 billion people. (Daily Mail)
UK government culture secretary Oliver Dowden feels “confident” hat capacity crowds will return from June 21. However, face coverings and Covid passports will become regular features of the matchday experience. (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is edging closer to a summer departure from Selhurst Park. Neither the club nor the 73-year-old have made moves to extend his contract. (The Times)