Man United given new hope in Sancho chase

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TOP STORY: New hope for Man United in Sancho pursuit

This year’s biggest transfer saga appears set to roll on, with reports suggesting that Manchester United’s long pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is not over.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left disappointed after United failed to land the 20-year-old England international in the most recent transfer window, with the Premier League giants unwilling to stump up the £108 million BVB wanted for the winger.

The belief was that Dortmund would eventually relent and sell for a lower fee but, as the Star reports, United underestimated the hard-line stance the Germans had on the issue. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, however, has left the door open for a deal to be done in the future.

“[They] misjudged the situation. We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer,” Watzke told German broadcaster ZDF. “In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.”

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08.36 GMT: Liverpool must go out to sign a new centre-back in January to cover for the long-term loss of Virgil van Dijk, according to former Anfield defender Jamie Carragher.

Van Dijk will undergo knee surgery and is facing a battle to play again this season after scans confirmed that suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Everton.

The Netherlands international is one of the Premier League champions’ most important players, and Carragher believes manager Jurgen Klopp needs to bolster his squad to cover for the loss.

He told Sky Sports: “Liverpool certainly have to go into the market in January, not just because of Van Dijk’s injury. They were weak in that area anyway – they’d lost Lovren before the start of the season – and the other players who are in those positions are very injury-prone.

“For Liverpool right away it’s: ‘who can we get in?’ I know the transfer window’s just finished, but they have to be ready in January to bring someone in. It could stop going on to achieve what they want to achieve.”

08.00 BST: Wolves winger Adama Traore is in line for a new contract at the club despite interest from Barcelona and Liverpool, The Sun reports.

Traore, 24, has been one of the key players for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side since he arrived from Middlesbrough in 2018.

The Spain international, who came through Barca’s youth system before moving to England, is set to sign a new deal worth £100,000 a week, according to The Sun.

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Barca to improve Garcia offer in January

Barcelona will return for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia in January after having failed to sign the defender in the summer, reports the Manchester Evening News.

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The outlet says that Barca didn’t offer enough to persuade City to sell, and so will improve their offer when the window reopens in the new year. Barca’s bid was believed to be just £2m below City’s valuation, but the Premier League side were reluctant to let Garcia go and leave themselves short for the season ahead, despite the addition of Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.

Garcia has already told City chiefs that he won’t renew his contract at the end of the season, and with the Citizens set to lose him on a free next summer, they might decide to try to recoup some money for him in January instead.

It is understood that Garcia wants to return to his former club, and Ronald Koeman is desperate to reinforce his defence. The only potential sticking point could be Barcelona’s financial situation, which Koeman admits is unknown.

He will no doubt have to do some more outgoing business before he can start to rebuild his squad.

Man United target Sporting wonderkid Gomes

Manchester United could return to Sporting Lisbon to sign another wonderkid, Luis Gomes, according to the Mirror.

United have already enjoyed a great deal of success dealing with Sporting after having signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Bruno Fernandes from the Portuguese giants in the past.

And now they’re looking to snap up Gomes, a 16-year-old who signed his first professional deal last week but who is being hailed as the next Luis Figo.

The youngster is on a five-year contract but United have reportedly agreed a first-refusal option should Sporting decide to sell, complete with a £14 million transfer fee.

Atletico Madrid have also made enquiries about Gomes, but the youngster decided to stay in Lisbon, with a transfer to Manchester United his preferred career move.


– Juventus are planning a January move for Lyon star Houssem Aouar, according to Sunday’s print version of Tuttosport. They believe the Italian champions are planning phase two of their recruitment drive. Phase one involved bringing down the age of the squad, which they did with their summer business, and now their top priority is Aouar, who remains top of Arsenal’s list, too. Juve are wary of the Gunners, who have been pursuing Aouar all year.

– Cagliari are considering signing former Brighton right-back Ezequiel Schelotto as a free agent, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano. Watford were rumoured to be in talks with Schelotto but have decided not to sign him, while Crystal Palace have also been linked with the Argentine wide player. Schelotto joined Brighton in 2017 and made 20 appearances in his first full season.

– Burnley are keen to sign French centre-half Mohamed Simakan, but it could cost them £15m. That’s according to the Sun, who believes that Clarets scouts have suggested the club make an offer for the 20-year-old Strasbourg star. AC Milan failed to signed Simakan in the final days of the summer transfer window, while West Ham were also believed to be considering a £9m move.


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