Paper Talk: Man Utd using Sancho as smokescreen to seal surprise signing

Date published: Thursday 2nd July 2020 8:42 - Robert McCarthy

Man Utd could be using Jadon Sancho as a smokescreen to sign another Bundesliga star, while Tottenham are ready to propose a swap deal to land Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, according to Thursday’s transfer gossip.



Manchester United’s firm stance that they will not pay more than £50million for Jadon Sancho could be a smokescreen for another major transfer coup.

Borussia Dortmund are standing firm on their £115m valuation of the England international winger and will not be pressured into a bargain sale. That is despite the club announcing a “dramatic” loss of £40.8million in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 20-year-old has already made it known that he wants to return to the Premier League, three years after he quit Manchester City to head to Germany.

Sancho has been top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shopping list for some time, but transfer negotiations have reached an impasse.

The Red Devils’ latest stance indicates they do actually have money to spend – £50m in fact, according to senior club officials.

And the Daily Express calims that may be enough to tempt Bayer Leverkusen to part with Kai Havertz – especially after the Bundesliga outfit failed to finish in the Champions League places.

Players’ valuations are expected to decrease as many clubs struggle with the financial implications of the coronavirus.

The versatile midfielder can play as an attacking No.10 or out wide, with Solskjaer actively looking at competition for Daniel James.



Talented teenager Mason Greenwood has often been asked to fill the void, and he impressed in the win at Brighton on Tuesday night.

Chelsea currently remain the favourites to sign Havertz, with Frank Lampard considering making a firm bid for tha talented attacker.

But the Express adds that United may be able to creep under the radar given all the speculation regarding their move for Sancho.




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Mohamed Salah has made it clear that he wants to stay at Liverpool for the long-term after helping the club win their first-ever Premier League title (Daily Express)

Manchester United will face stiff competition from Borussia Dortmund for Jack Grealish in the upcoming transfer window (Daily Express)

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann’s struggles at the club could give Arsenal or Inter Milan the chance to sign the France international (Daily Express)

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood believes Manchester United have already sealed a move for Jack Grealish (Daily Star)

Leeds have been tipped to sign Norwich star Emiliano Buendia to replace Pablo Hernandez in the transfer window (Daily Star)

Arsenal and Newcastle are set for a bidding war this summer over highly-rated Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst (Daily Star)

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Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of Jadon Sancho rejoining Manchester City – with rivals United leading the race to sign him (Daily Mirror)

Watford have ‘sold’ midfielder Pape Gueye to Marseille just 17 hours after he joined them (Daily Mirror)

Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly rejected an offer from Borussia Dortmund to be their next manager as he wants to coach in the Premier League (Daily Mail)

Versatile Bayern Munich and Austria defender David Alaba is a target for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola looks to rebuild his squad (The Guardian)

However, Guardiola has ruled out a return to Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund’s 20-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho (The Sun)

Tottenham could use right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, on loan at Southampton, as part of a deal to sign Saints’ Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Football London)

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Tottenham and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier is interesting Ligue 1 side Monaco, who hope to sign the player this summer (Sky Sports)

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Premier League players will continue to wear a Black Lives Matter logo on their strips despite concerns about statements from Black Lives Matter UK (The Times)

Fraser Forster has stunned Celtic by snubbing the chance to come back on another season-long loan (Scottish Sun)

David Marshall could be poised for a stunning Celtic return (Scottish Sun)

Alfredo Morelos’ agent has revealed he has offered his services to Napoli this summer (Scottish Sun)

Former Rangers man Andy Halliday reckons his old club should try to snap up Dundee United hitman Lawrence Shankland (Daily Record)

Aberdeen face an anxious 24-hour wait to discover if they have any further coronavirus outbreaks inside their own training ground (Daily Record)


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