The coronavirus outbreak has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the new rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
Man United believe secret talks have secured Sancho
The past 24 hours have seen Borussia Dortmund claiming they’re hopeful of keeping Jadon Sancho at the club beyond the summer, but the Sun reports that Manchester United believe they’ve done enough to sign football’s hottest property.
The paper says that Sancho has agreed to move to Old Trafford, with even the small print of the deal finalised.
It is believed that United have been able to negotiate the deal through months of secret talks and that the signing on fee, salary and bonuses have all been agreed upon.
The only part of the deal yet to be finalised is the final transfer fee with Dortmund, and it is expected that a record price will be required to get the transfer over the line. Dortmund are determined to make more than the £89.3 million Man United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.
Sancho left Manchester City to join Dortmund for around £8m in order to get more first-team football in 2017, but he has been considering a return home ever since a host of English clubs — United included — enquired about the possibility of signing him last summer. Now it would appear as those United’s persistence might have paid dividends.
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“Only the future will tell,” the former Manchester United star, 33, told Radio e Televisao de Portugal. “If I had the possibility to return it would be beautiful, if it was to end my career. I think it’s too soon to consider that.”
Arsenal are keen to sign Valencia and Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno, says the Daily Mirror.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of contract at the Emirates next year and the future of Alexandre Lacazette also uncertain, the Gunners will be looking for a new striker and could land the 29-year-old for around £50m.
Moreno was being linked to Barcelona a year ago, though they have now moved onto other targets — notably, Aubameyang.
A move back to former club Valencia would be welcomed by Brazilian goalkeeper Neto if Barcelona sell him this summer, according to Superdeporte.
Neto joined Barca from Valencia in an initial €26m transfer in June 2019 but made just four appearances in all competitions since. Superdeporte claim that Barca have decided to place him on the transfer list as part of their aim to lower the wage bill and that the club is willing to accept offers of €20m to €25m.
Neto is tied to Barca until June 2023, the same date as when goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen’s contract with Valencia expires. Cillessen joined Valencia last summer from Barca but has not been convincing.
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Brazilian midfielder Arthur has admitted he is flattered by interest from Inter Milan but has vowed to remain with Barcelona for at least one more year.
“Inter? It’s an honour that they are interested in me, but my time at Barcelona has not come to an end,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Any player would be proud to be associated with clubs so important and renown worldwide as Inter, which has a great coach and an impressive team. For the time being, I’m only thinking about Barcelona. I’m very happy in the city and in the club and I honestly I see myself wearing these blue and maroon colours for many years to come.”
Arthur, who is tied to Barca until June 2024, made 16 league appearances for Barca this season.
Peruvian club Alianza Lima have announced they have reached a deal with Manchester City to sell 16-year-old right-back Kluiverth Aguilar to the Premier League club.
Aguilar, one of Peru’s most promising talents, will remain in his homeland until his 18th birthday on May 5, next year. The deal is reportedly worth more than $2m. However, an Alianza Lima club source told Peruvian sports newspaper Depor that City have only purchased 50% of the player’s rights, with a view to acquiring the remainder in the future.
“The idea is to tighten ties with Manchester City,” they said. “For the time being, City have only acquired 50% of the rights and the more than $2m is if many things come together in two years.”
Aguilar, meanwhile, says he found out about Manchester City’s interest during a bathroom break while at school.
AS says that Real Madrid want to renew talented youngster Cesar Gelabert’s contract and then send him out on loan.
The 19-year-old midfielder has been linked with Arsenal, Dortmund and Lyon as his deal expires in the summer. But he has yet to feature in the Real first team.
: RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has rejected reports that Werder Bremen attacker Milot Rashica has all but agreed a deal with the club.
Some outlets in Germany had claimed that Leipzig were willing to pay a fee close to €40mn for the 23-year-old, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
But Krosche said: “A journalist must have mistaken us for another club. We have never been close to such numbers and fees, especially no in times like these.”
However, he did not deny the club’s interest in the player.
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Arsenal are looking to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette this summer in an effort to land Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
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Both Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in the 22-year-old, and the Express believes the Gunners are leading the race to sign the striker for £25m.
Edouard has scored 62 goals in 126 appearances for the Scottish league leaders; as a result, a number of clubs around Europe are said to be monitoring his progress.
Yet it’s Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta who is said to have the upper hand over clubs such as Lille, Lyon, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, as Arsenal look to reshape their attack for the 2020-21 season.
Everton are also said to be keen, though they could shift their attention toward Lille striker Victor Osimhen.De Sciglio considers PSG move ahead of Euros
Juventus are contemplating what to do with defender Mattia De Sciglio amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Valencia, reports Calciomercato.
De Sciglio is one of several players said to be considering their Juve futures. Although he has two years left to run on his contract, he could use this summer to find more first-team football elsewhere as he targets regular action ahead of the Euros.
De Sciglio isn’t Maurizio Sarri’s first-choice full-back, though the Juve boss does consider him an important squad player. However, the 27-year-old is keen to start on a regular basis.
PSG and Valencia are said to be interested and De Sciglio might feel he needs to move in order to further his career.Tap-ins
– Timo Werner appears to be edging closer to a move to the Premier League, if you believe the Bleacher Report’s suggestions that he is taking English lessons. Liverpool and Chelsea have been chasing the RB Leipzig striker for some time, and while the 24-year-old is contracted to the German club until 2023, both feel they can tempt the striker to England.
– Real Madrid are preparing to sell up to eight players as they prepare for a squad overhaul, with the likes of Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano Diaz all said to be on the transfer list — that’s according to AS.