Man Utd’s chances of signing Jadon Sancho look more remote than ever with two rivals set to pounce in 2021, while West Ham could solve a problem by signing a £4m Championship star, according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.
LIVERPOOL, BAYERN FOR JADON SANCHO
Manchester United walked away from signing Jadon Sancho after calculating the spiralling costs over the deal.
United failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund over the England attacker, having been set a £108m asking price.
The Red Devils chased the winger long and hard all summer and twice failed with bids for Sancho.
However, deadline day came and went without a deal being struck. Dortmund refused, the entire time, to budge from their asking price.
The whole saga made for an embarrassing affair for United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer referenced United’s status as one of the most “financially well-off” clubs in an interview during lockdown.
The Norwegian also said he was confident that his side could conduct the business they had planned – a transfer for Sancho.
But the United’s bosses comments about “exploiting” the market came back to haunt him.
Now The Guardian has shed more light on the failure of United to finalise the deal.
They claim United walked away from Sancho after realising the transfer would cost close to £227m. The amount would have reached that fee due to Dortmund’s asking price, the players’ wage demands and the fee wanted by his agent.
In the end, it’s claimed they decided that was just too costly, leaving the club to explore other avenues. Atalanta’s Amad Diallo ended up signing in a potential €40m deal; a row with Parma has since broken out over the move.
SANCHO INTEREST TO MOUNT
United’s chances of ever signing Sancho now appear more remote than ever. As per The Independent, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are now seen as likelier destinations for the winger next summer.
They claim United’s best chance to sign him would have been this summer. But with his fee likely to decline next summer, that will open the door to both Liverpool and Bayern to make their move.
WEST HAM LEARN DAWSON FEE
West Ham will need to come up with a bid of around £4m to sign Watford defender Craig Dawson in the domestic window. (The Sun)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will consider immediately integrating new signing Facundo Pellistri into Manchester United’s first-team squad following his arrival from Penarol. (The Independent)
Premier League managers fear more players will attend secret parties and end up breaking Covid rules. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has revealed how he considered quitting football during the summer after he and his girlfriend contracted Covid-19. (Daily Mail)
JULIAN DRAXLER ON LEEDS LINKS
Julian Draxler did consider leaving PSG this summer amid interest from clubs in the Premier League. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea outcast Baba Rahman is attracting interest from Watford and Middlesbrough, who could sign him on loan. (Daily Mail)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin compares to Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Everton team-mate Richarlison. (Daily Mail)
Gareth Southgate is planning an experimental line-up for England’s friendly against Wales on Thursday. Nick Pope, the Burnley goalkeeper, hopes for the chance to apply pressure on Jordan Pickford. (The Times)
Edinson Cavani is in danger of missing Manchester United’s next Premier League game because he is in quarantine after completing his free transfer to Old Trafford. (The Times)
Harry Kane and England’s senior players held a team meeting to give the whole squad a warning on discipline. (Daily Mirror)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has downplayed interest from Barcelona during the summer transfer window. (Daily Mirror)
Benni McCarthy insists he had absolutely no hesitation recommending Bongani Zungu to Rangers. (The Scottish Sun)
Rangers have been linked with a sensational swoop for free agent Jack Wilshere. (The Scottish Sun)
Qatar outfit Al Duhail are considering a move for Rangers striker Alfedo Morelos this month. (Daily Record)