Sancho (basically) done, United keep the basket open
Manchester United are expected to offer £ 50million to Raphael Varane and £ 25million to Eduardo Camavinga, the Daily Mail reports. With Jadon Sancho practically finalized and set to be completed after the Euro, United are turning their attention to other targets and reports originally coming from Mark say Real Madrid defender Varane and Rennes midfielder Camavinga are next on the shopping list.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Nothing new in terms of the names listed, but it does indicate United are ready to spend this summer as they seek to close the gap with Manchester City. You could argue that City are a Harry Kane far from sweeping the Premier League for eternity / years to come, but if United are really looking to strengthen beyond their front line – A. about time and B. fair -play.
An expensive alternative …
If United are unable to sign Varane this summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are offering a more expensive save option, The Sun reports. Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is seen as the alternative, although with a price tag of £ 60million the 22-year-old could be deemed too expensive for United if he fails in his attempts to land at Varane .
Paper Round’s point of view: Either way, it looks like United have plans to beef up their back line in a summer that should push Victor Lindelof up the ranks, assuming captain Harry Maguire is safe. It will be intriguing to see how their pursuit of center-back plays out.
Liverpool’s goal remains at Bayern?
Liverpool have been hit hard, Mirror reports, transfer target Kingsley Coman is expected to stay at Bayern Munich. New boss Oliver Kahn is “optimistic” the club can keep Coman, who has a contract until 2023, and although Liverpool are considering a move, Bayern are keen to offer the Frenchman a new contract.
Paper Round’s point of view: A classic transfer shot history, but how close Liverpool really are to making a bid we may never know. It would certainly be a test for that record league win if he followed Thiago to join Liverpool, but if those center-backs are back in shape you never know.
A financial boost for Liverpool?
Danny Ings has rejected an offer to extend Southampton’s contract, and if the club decide to sell him this summer, it could give Liverpool a timely financial boost, report the Liverpool Echo. When Liverpool move to Southampton a 20% sell-out clause was added to the deal meaning if the Saints cash in this summer Liverpool could get a fifth of what they’ve sold.
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Paper Round’s point of view: I’m not talking about tens of millions, but every little bit counts. It would be interesting to see if Southampton sells it or accepts it to be free next summer. They will also ask for a higher fee given the deal with Liverpool. No doubt they’ll throw it in front of City if they can’t get Kane or Erling Haaland.
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