Here’s what domestic and overseas newspapers are saying about Jadon Sancho’s transfer saga, as well as some potential defensive ins and outs featuring players at opposite ends of their careers.
No Sancho move as Dortmund stand firm
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund remain somewhat separated on the valuation of Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Germany.
Kicker (via Sport Witness) claims Ed Woodward is reluctant to be held to ransom on a deal and suggests that Sancho himself is unlikely to force a move, leaving the movement in doubt unless something changes.
Dortmund still want € 120million (£ 109million) for the England striker, but United value the former Manchester City academy prospect at closer to € 98million (£ 89million) ).
Kicker claims Woodward is keen to shake United’s reputation as a club that always pays when selling teams demands high fees, with the backlash of the expense on Harry Maguire and ex-Dortmund man Henrikh Mkhitaryan weighing heavily on the Director General.
Vertonghen’s future decided “sooner rather than later”
Ex-Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen weighs his options as he decides on his next club, with Manchester United among those mentioned of the Belgian.
Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of the Premier League season after spending eight years in north London, and is unlikely to be short of offers.
While United have been mentioned as a potential destination if the veteran chooses to stay in the Premier League, Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is said to be a fan as well.
Vertonghen acknowledged that the longer transfer window means there is no rush in deciding his future, but he remains keen to act quickly.
Asked by TalkSport about his next club, Vertonghen said: “It will probably be sooner rather than later. ”
“I have something in my head and we’ll see if it will happen or not,” he continued.
Dalot has offered Barcelona as United look to offload the full-back
Diogo Dalot has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, so much so that the club may already be happy to get their money back from the Portuguese.
According to Mundo Deportivo, via the Manchester Evening News, Dalot was offered to Barcelona and could be available for € 17.4million (£ 15.8million) – more or less the amount United paid to sign him from Porto in 2018.
ESPN also report that Barca have shown an interest in the player. The 21-year-old made his United debut under Jose Mourinho and was also instrumental in the memorable Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain last season, but has barely played this quarter.
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Dalot has only made 11 appearances to his name in 2019/20, including just four in the league, and his only minutes since English football returned in June have come against Norwich City in the FA Cup quarter-final.
With Timothy Fosu-Mensah returning to the first team towards the end of the season, and with Aaron Wan-Bissaka entrenched as United’s regular right-back, Dalot’s time may be over.