The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.
TOP STORY: Man United will only pay £50m for Sancho
Manchester United have been tracking Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho for some time, but Sky Sports is reporting that they will only pay as much as £50 million for the 20-year-old.
Sancho has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe after moving to Germany from Manchester City’s youth team for a paltry £8m in 2017. Dortmund valued him at around £100m before the coronavirus pandemic took hold and now his price is dropping by the day as his contract expires in 2022.
Bayern, Real Madrid, PSG and every top club in Europe are monitoring Sancho but the report states: “United remain the strong favourites to agree a deal but officials behind the scenes at Old Trafford believe Dortmund’s valuation does not sufficiently reflect the costly fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and must be cut substantially if a deal is to be reached.”
As £100m to £50m is a big drop, Dortmund won’t want to play ball at that price. Though somewhere around that fee next summer might do the trick.
14.32 BST: Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, but they may not be done trying to get players from La Liga.
La Razon says that a €50m move for Partey could be close. However, the Gunners are also eyeing Espanyol’s Marc Roca, who will cost a lot less than his €40m valuation if they stay rock bottom of the table, Valencia’s Carlos Soler and Levante’s Enis Bardhi.
14.01 BST: Barcelona’s sale of Arthur Melo to Juventus, with Miralem Pjanic going the other way, was a business move for all the wrong reasons, writes Sid Lowe.
Julien Laurens stresses the importance of Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona “making it work” amid his struggles.
13.33 BST: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he does not expect to spend heavily…