talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip at Manchester United…
LATEST TRANSFER NEWS
It appears Manchester United have won the race to sign Jadon Sancho with reports claiming the details of his transfer to Old Trafford are ‘almost agreed’.
The Sun claim the Borussia Dortmund forward wants to join the Red Devils three years after leaving their local rivals Man City, and his contract length, salary, bonuses and buyout clause have all been agreed.
Months of secret talks are claimed to have taken place between the two parties, and now United must reach an agreement with Dortmund over the fee.
He’s expected to go for well over £100million, and this value is likely to rise given Chelsea and Liverpool may instigate a bidding war amid their interest in Sancho.
BVB will make a staggering profit on Sancho when he is sold, having signed him in 2017 for just £8m from City.
United have also reportedly offered Sancho the number seven shirt in a bid to tempt him to the club.
Flop Alexis Sanchez currently holds that number but his days at Old Trafford appear all but over.
The Mirror say United are working hard to seal a deal for Borussia Dortmund and England winger Sancho and believe handing him the No.7 could convince him.
Ed Woodward says Man United remain committed to backing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is expecting the club to continue being ‘highly competitive’ in the transfer market.
Woodward told a fans’ forum: “It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top. But we’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds.
“What will happen with the remainder of this season? What is the impact on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What’s the impact on broadcast deals, sponsorship deals? What’s the impact on domestic cups? Etc, etc.
“There are many, many moving parts. It is not necessarily going to be business-as-usual for clubs this summer.
“It feels somewhat inappropriate to see speculation about transfers for hundreds of millions in current circumstances.
“There’s a big disconnect between those stories and the economic realities facing football clubs in general.
“Clearly it’s true we are fortunate to be in a strong financial position compared to many clubs, but we are not immune from the financial impact of what this virus is doing.
“I would say that once we have the visibility of a path through the crisis and coming out of the other side to relative normality, then of course we aim to remain highly competitive in the market.
“As I said before and I’ve said this many times – we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club.”
Manchester United have joined the race for Dayot Upamecano, according to France Football.
Arsenal have made the RB Leipzig man a top target but could miss out due to their financial issues.
That has left the door open for United, whose training facilities Upamecano visited before he joined Salzburg in 2016.
The Frenchman has a £53m release clause, but could be allowed to leave for less as he is in the final year of his contract.
The reports add that Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City are also keen.
Real Madrid and Barcelona will try to sign Marcus Rashford from Man United in the future, Clinton Morrison has told talkSPORT.
He said: “I think he’s just going to go from strength to strength to strength.
“Mark my words, I think a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid will come knocking because I think he’s an exceptional talent, and he’s mentally strong.
“For a person at such a young age, he’s played a lot of football. He is mentally strong. He’s a terrific player. You need things like this in your career that you can bounce back from.
“He’s come out and said Jose Mourinho has kind of helped him because you want situations like that to happen in your career where you become mentally strong.
“But, for me, Rashford is one of the best footballers around at the moment.”
James Rodriguez’s agent has contacted Manchester United over a possible move in the summer, Sport claim.
The 28-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who is not in his long-term plans at the Bernabeu.
James has played just seven LaLiga games for Real this season.
He has long been linked with United and is said to be in talks with Old Trafford chiefs again.
James Maddison insists he’s happy at Leicester despite being linked with several other top clubs.
Manchester United are known to be big fans of the Foxes midfielder.
He said: “I feel right at home at Leicester.
“I feel like part of the furniture already and I love it here.
“I love the lads, I love the fans, (we’ve got) a great manager, so I’m very, very happy.”
Borussia Dortmund reportedly wanted Mason Greenwood in return when Manchester United tried to sign Jadon Sancho last summer.
The Red Devils tried to lure the England ace back to the Premier League following his incredible spell of form in Germany.
Accoding to ESPN, Dortmund called for them to include Greenwood in a swap deal for Sancho.
But United made it clear that they were not prepared to use the 18-year-old as a makeweight in the move.
Harry Maguire has hailed the impact of Man United signing Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese hit the ground running in England before lockdown being crowned the Premier League’s player of the month in February.
Maguire said: “He’s been brilliant since he’s come in, off the field around the training ground, he’s a leader and wants to win, everything he does he wants to win, you can tell he’s been brought up with that attitude.
“He’s just given us that little bit more life and creativity in the middle, something (pundits) and United fans have said we’ve missed over the years.”
Bad news for Manchester United fans as the latest reports say Tottenham have no intention of selling their talisman this summer.
The Red Devils have long been linked with Kane and reports over the weekend suggested that Daniel Levy had put a £200million price tag of the England captain.
It looks as though now any deal to take him away from north London will not be completed in the next transfer window.
Grealish’s conduct during the coronavirus conduct has led to some question marks over Man United’s continued interest in the midfielder.
The Athletic report, though, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward remain keen on the 24-year-old despite concerns over his conduct.
Grealish reportedly remains one of their top targets ahead of players like James Maddison, who is likely to cost far more than the Aston Villa man.
United have tried to sign Griezmann before, in 2017, when the forward was at Atletico Madrid but their failed in their attempts.
The France World Cup winner moved to Barcelona last summer in a £107million deal but there has already been talks of him leaving this summer.
Bleacher Report say Man United are not interested in signings the 29-year-old with other players at the top of their wish list.
The Nigerian striker has been linked with a move to Manchester United following an impressive season with Lille.
Compatriot Odion Ighalo, who is on loan at Old Trafford, seems to be doing a lot of the leg work for them.
Ighalo revealed Osimhen came to watch United’s Europa League game against Club Brugge and has backed him to reach the very top.