Football Transfer Update: Jadon Sancho, Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and more
FOUR PL CLUBS IN FOR LUNDSTRAM
Four Premier League clubs are considering a move for Sheffield United contract rebel John Lundstram.
After six months of negotiations, Lundstram has failed to agree an extension to his contract, which has now entered its final year.
If talks remain at a stalemate, manager Chris Wilder could be tempted to accept a fee this summer, rather than let the Liverpool-born midfielder go for free next year.
Lundstram received rave reviews in his debut season in the Premier League, scoring five goals, with three assists in 36 appearances, as United challenged for a European slot.
INTEREST IN TRAORE
“Lyon are prepared to sell former Chelsea winger Bertrand Traore this summer and he has been watched by a long list of Premier League clubs including Newcastle United, Leicester City, Everton and Crystal Palace.
“Lyon paid Chelsea £9m for Traore three years ago after he had impressed during loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax.”
BRIGHTON JOIN EDOUARD SUITORS
Brighton have joined the list of English Premier League clubs interested in signing Odsonne Edouard if Celtic decide to sell the £30m-rated striker in this transfer window, according to reports in The Times.
Sky Sports pundit and former Celtic striker Andy Walker believes the Scottish Premiership champions should be demanding a fee of at least £40m for the striker.
BLADES’ £2M ROBINSON BID ACCEPTED
Wigan Athletic have accepted a bid of around £2m from Sheffield Utd for left back Antonee Robinson.
The former Everton defender, who was on the verge of joining AC Milan before a problem with the medical stopped the deal going ahead, is expected to agree terms with the Yorkshire club and complete a deal this week
Wigan need to sell players with the club in administration, to pay wages and football creditors with a number interested parties looking to takeover the League One club
STOKE PULL OUT OF MOORE RACE
Stoke City have pulled out of the race to sign Wigan Athletic forward Kieffer Moore.
Stoke manager Michael O’Neill refuses to be held to ransom by pay demands from players.
O’Neill became Stoke manager in November when they were bottom of the Championship with just eight points from 15 games.
Under O’Neill, Stoke finished 15th with 56 points.
O’Neill will strengthen his squad and he only wants players with the right attitude and mentality to challenge for a place back in the Premier League.
LOADER TO MAKE PORTO OR SPORTING CHOICE
Danny Loader will make his mind up this week over contract offers from Porto and Sporting Lisbon.
The 19-year old striker is a free agent after his deal with Reading expired, prompting interest from a number of clubs including Crystal Palace and Leeds.
It’s just over a year to the day that Wolves failed with a £7m Deadline Day bid to sign the youngster.
Loader made 12 appearances for Reading last season, scoring just one goal.
‘NEW MO SALAH’: I HAVE AN OFFER FROM RANGERS
Egyptian wonderkid Mahmoud Saber claims Rangers have made him a transfer offer after taking the decision to depart Cairo giants Al-Ahly.
Described as the “new Mo Salah“, the 18-year-old said: “I have offers from Rangers in Scotland, Valencia in Spain and Benfica from Portugal as well as a big club in Tunisia. I will make my decision soon.”
SANCHO IN DORTMUND TRAINING SQUAD
Jadon Sancho has joined up with the Borussia Dortmund squad to travel to Switzerland for their pre-season training camp.
We’re off to Bad Ragaz! ✈️🇨🇭 pic.twitter.com/igw1bhFTz7
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 10, 2020
LIVERPOOL LIKELY TO HAND WILLIAMS NEW DEAL?
Liverpool will hand Neco Williams a new long-term contract to keep the up-and-coming defender at Anfield until 2025, according to Goal.
The 19-year-old was impressive during brief spells in his debut senior campaign, making 10 first-team appearances.
ARSENAL EAGER TO CONFIRM OZIL AGREEMENT SOON’
Arsenal will make a new push to reach an agreement over Mesut Ozil‘s £18m contract nightmare, according to the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal will reportedly offer to pay the German off or subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages if he moves on to another club.
The 31-year-old has one year left on his contract and reportedly does not want to leave Arsenal.
‘CITY TO SLASH OTAMENDI ASKING PRICE’
Manchester City are ready to slash the asking price for Nicolas Otamendi after the £41m signing of defender Nathan Ake, according to The Sun.
City are willing to go from £15m to just £8m for the 32-year-old Argentine, who has 210 City appearances.
ARE AUBA, WILLIAN DEALS RIGHT FOR ARSENAL?
Arsenal are also on the agenda, with the panel debating whether long-term deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian are right for the club.
Manchester City’s interest in Kalidou Koulibaly and Lautaro Martinez is also explored, with Gabriele providing expert analysis on all things Serie A, including the future of Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte.
Plus, there’s news from Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Rangers, Celtic as well as Pete’s final thought on Gareth Bale’s future.
Listen to Pete Graves joined by Dharmesh Shethand ESPN football expert Gabriele Marcotti to discuss the inner working of Manchester United’s deal to sign Jadon Sancho as well as Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Old Trafford.
“Jadon Sancho wants to move to United and United may never be in a stronger position to sign him. The coronavirus pandemic means that the other big clubs who wanted to sign Sancho are simply not in a position to make a move for him in the current economic climate.
“United have let it be known that they are not willing to pay the £108m asking price which has bemused Dortmund because they have not been told what United are willing to pay.
“As one agent put it, you don’t buy a house by telling the owner what you’re not going to pay…”
UNITED OPTIMISTIC ON POGBA DEAL
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic Paul Pogba will sign a new contract at Manchester United, according to The Sun.
The Frenchman’s deal runs out next summer, and Solskjaer said of him: “Since coming back from injury he has been a delight. He has worked really hard, he is happy and he is playing well.
“We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure. And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team.”
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BARCA CHASING BERNARDO?
Barcelona will make Bernardo Silva one of their summer targets at the Nou Camp, according to the Daily Telegraph.
They hope to convince Manchester City to sell the winger by submitting a cash-plus-player bid, the newspaper claims, also suggesting City are ‘long-term admirers’ of Barca right-back Nelson Semedo.