Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow

Transfer news LIVE: The latest news, gossip and done deals ahead of the summer transfer window

  • Manchester United are as keen as ever on signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund
  • Chelsea must balance the books if they want to bring in Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen
  • Liverpool and Tottenham look set to miss out on Victor Osimhen
  • Everton could pull out of the race to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg despite having made a £25m bid
  • Express Sport brings you the latest from the rest of the Premier League

Man City’s Koulibaly advantage

Manchester City have an advantage over Manchester United in the battle to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, it has been claimed.

Koulibaly is widely recognised as one of the best centre-halves across Europe having excelled for Serie A side Napoli over the past few years.

And according to Marca’s Chris Winterburn, the Red Devils will consider a summer approach for the Senegal international in the upcoming window because they are not totally convinced by the pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

But City, who are also keen on the £65million-rated defender, have the finances to beat United to his signature, it’s said.

He said: “If Koulibaly was available they would look into it, concerns over Lindelof and Maguire as a pairing.

“However, there will be competition for KK and it’s unlikely to be an auction United can win.”

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow (Image: GETTY)

EXCLUSIVE: Southampton want Lallana as Hojbjerg replacement

Southampton are aiming to replace the outgoing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg by bringing Adam Lallana back to St Mary’s.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to bring former St Mary’s hero Lallana, who will be a free agent when his Liverpool contract runs out at the end of this week, back to fill the gap if Hojbjerg joins either Everton or Tottenham.

Lallana, now 32, left Southampton for Anfield in July 2014 in a £25m deal, and his old club have been plotting to resign the midfielder for months now.

The Saints though face competition from Brighton, Leicester and Burnley, who are all also interested in the England playmaker.

Ralph Hasehuttl, whose side have had an impressive end to the season, will also this summer attempt to make Kyle Walker-Peters’ loan move from Tottenham permanent in a deal that could be worth around £8m, and is close to tying up a £10.5m move for Real Valladolid centre back Mohammed Salisu.

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool £54m miss

Liverpool and Tottenham are set to miss out on Lille’s Victor Osimhen, who will instead join Napoli for around £54million (€60m).

That’s according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. The Nigerian striker scored 13 goals in Ligue 1 last season and has been tracked by Premier League clubs since October, when he impressed against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp are both admirers, Express Sport understands, with the latter having made an enquiry.

But Romano says Osimhen has already signed a long-term contract to move to Serie A and join up with Napoli.

Everton to pull out of £25m deal

Everton have reportedly decided that they may withdraw their offer for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, because they believe he will join Tottenham.

Southampton midfielder Hojbjerg is said to have travelled to Merseyside, where he was given a tour of Everton’s Finch Farm training complex.

Danish kit manufacturer Hummel will also begin their lucrative contract with Everton next season and therefore there is huge marketability in a deal for Hojbjerg.

The player is also believed to have agreed personal terms with Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have offered the Saints £25million.

Yet now according to The Telegraph, the Toffees are weighing up the prospect of withdrawing their offer for the central midfielder.

That’s because they believe he wants to join Spurs and the north London club are now set to win the race for the 24-year-old.

It remains unclear whether Tottenham are prepared to match Everton’s offer of £25m but the player’s stance on the move appears to have put them in pole position.

Spurs could use full-back Kyle Walker-Peters as part of a deal if they cannot meet Hojbjerg’s valuation in cash.

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow

Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd Jadon Sancho hint, Kai Havertz to Chelsea, £54m Liverpool blow (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd’s Havertz stance

Manchester United have decided they won’t be pursuing a deal for Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz, according to The Athletic.

The Bayer Leverkusen star is a wanted man ahead of the summer, with the 21-year-old enjoying a terrific Bundesliga campaign.

Havertz scored 12 goals in he league for Leverkusen as they narrowly missed out on a spot in next season’s Champions League, while also registering six assists along the way.

United are reported to have held talks with Havertz about a potential move to Old Trafford, but they’ve decided not to move forward with their interest, with two things influencing their thinking.

The first is that United feel they’re well-stocked through the middle and the second is because any deal for top target Sancho will come at a substantial cost.

Sancho to Man Utd update

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has provided an update on the club’s transfer position – hinting that they will now be forced into paying over their valuation of Jadon Sancho as they continue to negotiate with Borussia Dortmund for the England winger.

The two clubs are well apart as Dortmund hold out for a fee in the region of £115million while senior United officials have made it clear they do not want to part with more than £50m.

A deadline of August 10 has been set for United to get a deal over the line before the German club return for pre-season training.

But Woodward insists he will not be rushed as he is determined to take an “extra cautious” approach to the window – meaning the Sancho saga could rumble on for many months.

“The ongoing disruption from the pandemic – and the economic pressures it has created – has shown why it is so important for football clubs to focus on their financial stability,” Woodward wrote in his programme notes prior to the 1-1 draw with West Ham last night.

“We are fortunate to have a strong and resilient commercial business which has supported long-term investment in our team.

“That will continue, albeit with extra caution in the coming months as we navigate our way through this uncertain period.”

Published at Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:15:00 +0000