Manchester United are considering a £40m alternative to Jadon Sancho, while Chelsea have made an offer for a Serie A midfield star, according to Tuesday’s paper gossip.
MAN UTD TURN TO £40M LEVERKUSEN WINGER
Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a move for Leon Bailey amid concerns Jadon Sancho will remain at Borussia Dortmund for another season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had identified the England international winger as his No.1 transfer priority this summer. However, the Bundesliga club are refusing to budge on the asking price, and will not allow Sancho to leave for anything less than £100million.
United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, warned last month that his own club would have to be frugal in the market given the coronavirus pandemic.
And with the likes of Liverpool still actively chasing a move for Sancho, who has also been tipped to return to Man City, United are ready to look elsewhere. as reported in the Daily Mail.
Bailey was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League two years ago but his career has stunted at Bayer Leverkusen, with a string of niggling injuries curtailing his progress.
Kai Havertz, another player United maintain an interest in, is currently considered to be Leverkusen’s top asset – leaving Bailey available for considerably less.
The Jamaica international is valued at around £40m and offers the sort of pace and versatility Solskjaer is looking for to bolster his forward line.
Odion Ighalo has filled a hole in the United squad during his loan spell from Shanghai Shenhua. However, Solskjaer is keen that any permanent new addition does not block the path for Mason Greenwood, who has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season.
But Bailey’s fitness record may represent a concern to Solskjaer. The attacker has made just nine league starts this season, although he has scored five times and laid on two assists.
AND MORE GOSSIP
Napoli will not let Kalidou Koulibaly go cheaply as Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG are all told they will have to pay £90m (Daily Mail)
Premier League players want their clubs to follow the FA’s lead by committing to having at least one Black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) coach on their first-team staff (Daily Mail)
Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala has refused to play on in their fight against relegation with his contract set to expire amid interest from Leeds (Daily Mail)
Watford intend to register Pape Gueye as their player on July 1 despite the Le Havre midfielder insisting he no longer wishes to join (Daily Mail)
Norwich are close to signing Sunderland’s 18-year-old English full-back Bali Mumba (Daily Mail)
Tottenham are in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain free agent Thomas Meunier at the end of this season (Daily Express)
Chelsea have reportedly made an offer for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as the midfielder weighs up his options ahead of a likely summer move (Daily Mail)
Everton have made an audacious attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain icon Thiago Silva on a free transfer once the Brazilian’s contract ends this summer (Daily Express)
Chelsea have opened talks to sign Brentford’s 24-year-old Algerian winger Said Benrahma (Daily Express)
Leicester City are battling Crystal Palace for the signature of Burnley and England centre-back James Tarkowski (Daily Mirror)
Forgotten Chelsea star Marco van Ginkel has confirmed he is in talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge – despite not having played for the club since 2013 (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea target Timo Werner has reportedly refused to continue RB Leipzig’s Champions League journey in August (The Sun)
Leicester’s Ben Chilwell remains Chelsea’s primary left-back target this summer but Frank Lampard has three back-ups (Daily Star)
Manchester United have installed a giant 20 square-metre TV at Carrington training ground to work on tactics ahead of the Tottenham clash (The Sun)
Manchester City face four games in a 16-day shootout if they are to lift the Champions League for the first time (The Sun)
Bayern Munich have emerged as favourites to win the race for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz (Daily Telegraph)
Japhet Tanganga has suffered a stress fracture of his back and has been ruled out of Tottenham Hotspur’s match on Friday at home to Manchester United (The Times)
Timo Werner is expected to tell RB Leipzig that he will not compete in the final stages of the Champions League so that he can prepare for the next Premier League season (The Times)
Rangers have conducted a back-room reshuffle with former stand-in manager Graeme Murty removed from his position as reserve team boss (Daily Record)
Rangers could land Florian Kamberi for a bargain £150,000 this summer – but Hull City have already made the first move for the Hibs striker (Daily Record)
Falkirk say ‘self-interest has won the day’ after league reconstruction talks failed once again (Scottish Sun)
Motherwell have signed Nathan McGinley as the defender becomes the Fir Park side’s third summer signing (Scottish Sun)