Paper Talk: Man Utd have exciting Sancho back-up option lined up

Date published: Saturday 30th January 2021 9:07 - Matthew Briggs

Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have a back-up option in case they fail to sign Jadon Sancho in the summer and Liverpool are leading the chase to sign Kylian Mbappe, all in the papers.

DEMBELE OPTION

Manchester United will go for Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona if they again fail to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, according to a report.

Dembele has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017. Injuries have certainly not helped his case and he is yet to reach 100 appearances for the club.

Barca coach Ronald Koeman was prepared to let him leave in the summer and a move to Man Utd was close.

It eventually fell through, but United have not lost sight of their target. Dembele’s contract is up in 2022, so there could soon be an opportunity to sign him.

According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still interested in the 23-year-old and could make a concerted effort to sign him if they hit a brickwall with Sancho again.

ROJO SET FOR BOCA

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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is set to join Boca Juniors (Sky Sports)

Barcelona have held an urgent meeting regarding the signing of Manchester City defender Eric Garcia (Sport)

FC Dallas right-back Bryan Reynolds will fly to Italy tomorrow to finalise his move to AS Roma (Fabrizio Romano)

Trabzonspor have struck a loan deal with Tottenham for Danny Rose (TalkSPORT)

Liverpool are planning a loan move for New York Red Bulls and United States defender Aaron Long, 28. (ESPN)

The Anfield club is set to spend the final 72 hours of the transfer window in a late bid to sign a centre-half after Joel Matip joined the injury list. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid will move for France and Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, 22, this summer. (Marca)

Bournemouth striker Josh King, who has been linked with a move to West Ham and Everton, has told his manager Jason Tindall he will stay at the club. (Sky Sports)

 

 

PELLESTRI DEAL DONE

Manchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Alaves for Facundo Pellistri to spend the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign on loan with the La Liga outfit (MEN)

Paris St-Germain are eager to reunite boss Mauricio Pochettino with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 24, with the Ligue 1 side confident the England man will want to stay for longer once he has experienced the club. (Eurosport)

Leicester City and England winger Demarai Gray, 24, has agreed personal terms with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen but the two clubs are haggling over the fee. (Bild)

Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 34, is yet to agree a new deal with Real Madrid, a month after the two parties met to discuss extending his contract, which is due to expire this summer. (Marca)

Manchester City are closing in on the double signing of Fluminense’s Brazilian youngsters Kayky and Metinho, who are both 17, in a deal worth £9m. (Goal)

Pep Guardiola’s side are not interested in pursuing Bayern Munich and Austria defender David Alaba, 28, in January or in the summer, with the club’s attention being on signing a striker. (Manchester Evening News)

Southampton are trying to sign Arsenal and England full-back/midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 23, on loan before the January transfer window closes on Monday. (Sun)

West Brom are also interested in Maitland-Niles, who wants more playing time. (Mail)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, 43, is expected to leave Marseille at the end of the season. (Eurosport)

LIVERPOOL LEAD MBAPPE HUNT

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Liverpool are currently the frontrunners for Kylian Mbappe, despite Mauricio Pochettino insisting he is staying with PSG (Canal+)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says the club would listen to tempting offers for “any player” in their squad, including Scotland midfielder Matt Ritchie, 31, if the price was right. (Chronicle)

Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone, 23, is set to sign on loan at Valencia for the rest of the season after the Italian’s disappointing loan spell at Fiorentina came to an early end. (Mail)

West Brom have agreed to sign Celta Vigo’s Okay Yokuslu, 26, although they need to convince the Turkey midfielder to come to The Hawthorns. (RMC)

Aston Villa and France defender Frederic Guilbert, 26, has agreed a loan move to Ligue 1 side Strasbourg having not featured in the Premier league this season. (Football Insider)

West Ham are interested in River Plate and Argentina right-back Gonzalo Montiel, 24, but may still be put off by his £9m asking price. (AS)

Everton and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, 29, wants to return to former club Besiktas on loan. (NTV Spor)

Denmark goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, 31, is to leave Everton and re-sign for former club FC Midtjylland. (Liverpool Echo)

Birmingham City are set to sign Aberdeen and England striker Sam Cosgrave for £2m, with Dons boss Derek McInnes preparing to lose the 24-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Preston North End are planning a late move for Doncaster Rovers and England defender Joe Wright, 25, with the centre-half available for a small fee because his contract expires in the summer. (Football Insider)

Fulham and Scotland midfielder Kevin McDonald, 32, is weighing up whether to continue his playing career with a loan move to the Championship or to retire and take a permanent coaching role. (Sky Sports).

MOURINHO TO LET DELE LEAVE

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is ready to let Dele Alli leave before Monday’s transfer deadline but chairman Daniel Levy still needs to approve the midfielder’s exit to Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss Arsenal’s crunch clash with Manchester United on Saturday after being told he must quarantine after visiting his unwell mother. (Daily Mail)

Christian Benteke is attracting interest from Italian duo Parma and Fiorentina ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. (Daily Mail)

N’Golo Kante will be fit to return for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday.(Daily Mail)

Only home fans are expected to be allowed into group matches for this summer’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament and very limited numbers of travelling supporters will be permitted for the latter stages of the competition, it can be revealed. (Times)

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