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Man Utd rebuilds interest in Sancho

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Having been rebuffed earlier this summer, Manchester United remain confident of the prospect of bringing in Jadon Sancho in a bumper transfer this year.

According to NobleSports, United are restructuring their deal to sign the England international, arranging his agent fees – which were a sticking point – before renegotiating with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho’s representatives were reportedly demanding “outrageous” sums for the player’s wages and fees paid to his intermediaries, which led to the deal falling through prior to Dortmund’s August 10 deadline.

Since then, Sancho has appeared in Dortmund’s pre-season friendly schedule, scoring against FK Austria Wien and MSV Duisburg.

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Battle for Sancho could start between Barca and Madrid next season

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Real Madrid and Barcelona could enter the race to sign Jadon Sancho if Manchester United fail to sign him this summer, according to reports.

United have reached an impasse in their negotiations with Borussia Dortmund as the German side are demanding a fee of £108million, despite the financial impact of coronavirus.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain hopeful they can strike a deal but Dortmund have repeatedly insisted the forward is going nowhere after the Red Devils failed to meet their August 10 deadline.

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc was adamant that Sancho will play for the Bundesliga side next season.

And if 20-year-old remains in Germany for the 2020-2021 campaign, NobleSports claim Barca and Real could be ready to pounce in the following summer.

Neither of the LaLiga sides are in a position to make a bid for the England international ahead of next season with both clubs feeling the economic strain of the pandemic.

Real’s president Florentino Perez confirmed they would not be making any big signings but hinted the club would be able to compete in the transfer market once their finances have recovered.

‘The situation is really bad. It’s hard to ask the players to take a pay cut to help deal with it and then make signings,’ he told El Transistor last month.

‘That can wait. Madrid will sign the best again when the situation changes.’

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Barca are also not currently in a position to seal any big transfers and would have to sell several stars in order to raise the money Dortmund are demanding.

Sancho is currently in pre-season training with Dortmund and insisted he is happy to be back with his team-mates.

Speaking to BVB-TV on Wednesday, Sancho said: ‘I love playing with this lot. It is a special bunch.

‘We’ve got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.

‘I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.’

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Man utd threatens to ‘Back off’ Sancho’s transfer, see reasons…

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Manchester United have threatened to walk away from the Jadon Sancho deal if they cannot reach a compromise with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer fee.

Dortmund are demanding £108million for the 20-year-old winger, but Old Trafford sources insisted on Tuesday night that the two sides remain far apart in their valuations.

United believe the Germans are being unrealistic in the current economic climate with even the world’s biggest clubs being hit hard by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has warned that transfer fees are going to be significantly lower this year, but that has not stopped Dortmund holding out for a figure that would smash the British record £89m United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.

The Premier League club have a list of alternative targets – believed to include Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman – and will pursue those if they cannot find common ground over Sancho.

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United are also reluctant to be held to what they consider to be an artificial deadline of August 10 after Dortmund indicated that they want any deal completed before they leave for a pre-season training camp in Switzerland.

It’s also understood that United have not reached an agreement over the player’s personal terms. United have been more disciplined since handing Alexis Sanchez an astronomical deal worth up to £560,000-a-week in January 2018, and are determined not to break their wage structure.

While United remain very keen on Sancho and hopeful of completing the transfer, the latest developments are a clear indication that they will not allow Dortmund to dictate negotiations.

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Mancity to bargain €15M from Sancho’s €108M Man United move

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Manchester City are set to pocket upwards of £15million once Jadon Sancho’s record move to rivals Manchester United goes through.

United are in the process of negotiating a financial package with Borussia Dortmund that is expected to eclipse £100m with additional clauses.

And City will make a significant amount on that transfer after installing a 15 per cent sell-on clause when Sancho departed the Etihad Stadium three years ago.

The clause pertains to profit made on the sale, one that saw the 20-year-old eventually move to Germany for a fee in the region of £8m.

His stock has risen dramatically since then, becoming one of the most talented young wingers in Europe and earning 11 England caps under Gareth Southgate.

Although City did not want to lose Sancho in 2017, the timing of his switch to Old Trafford will now act as something of a financial fillip given they are spending an initial £20.9m on Ferran Torres from Valencia.

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Sancho is ready to sign a five-year contract at United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earmarked the forward as a top priority to add to his young attacking armoury.

According to reports emerging out of Germany, Sancho has already penned a contract with United worth £340,000 per week – a deal which would see him become the third-highest earner in the Premier League.

The structure of the transfer is all that is left to be ironed out before the deal can go through.

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Some reports have claimed that United would pay £63m up front and then £27m and £18m over the next two summers in a deal worth £108m in total.

Negotiations are still ongoing between the two clubs but there is optimism from both sides that an agreement will be reached over the next week.

Dortmund head off to Switzerland for their pre-season training camp next Monday – August 10 – and are hopeful the deal can be concluded before then.

The £108m transfer would see Sancho become the most expensive player bought by an English club, topping the £89m United paid to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.

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Sancho close to saying goodbyes to Dortmund

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Jadon Sancho is on the verge of finalising his personal terms with Manchester United.

United are edging closer to landing their No.1 target, England winger Sancho, from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that is set to reach £108m.

And while clubs remain locked in talks over a deal that will smash the British transfer record, Sancho’s wages and the terms of what is expected to be an initial five-year deal are almost agreed.

The two clubs have been in advanced discussions for some time over the deal that will see Sancho, 20, return to Manchester.

Those discussions are continuing and centre on the structure of the deal with Dortmund sticking to their £108m asking price.

Dortmund want at least half of that up front and negotiations will continue this week about how the total package is made up though all parties are optimistic an agreement will be reached.

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Dortmund accepts €66m for Sancho to Manchester United

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The German club has been reported to have accepted an initial offer from the Premier League giants in a deal that could see a move worth over €100 million.

The signing of Jadon Sancho by long-term suitor Manchester United could be about to reach its conclusion. According to English newspaper The Independent, Borussia Dortmund look to be ready to accept an initial transfer fee of €66 million (£60m), which could rise to over €111 million (£100m) based on the player/club meeting certain variable objectives.

Sancho set for Manchester


According to the news outlet, the discussion are still in the hands of intermediaries of both clubs and the young English star, however, ‘the principle of a deal have been set out’.

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The idea of the Bundesliga club is to have all their incoming and outgoing moves completed by 10 August, when they return to training for the new season. Their acceptance to lose one of their many talents appears to be confirmed now and it is ‘simply’ a case of finalising some of the details of the deal and the payment plan. This is clearly another incredible piece of business from the German side who purchased the youngster from United’s local rivals City in 2017 for just €7.7 million. This season Sancho scored 17 Bundesliga goals and provided 17 assists in 32 games.

It’s worth stating that Dortmund have not completely given up hope of holding on to their player.

Despite the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool being strongly linked to the player – the Premier League champions reported to have been the preferred choice for Sancho – it now looks as though the Old Trafford faithful, when they return, will be enjoying the winger’s skills as they push on in their development. United clinched a place in the 2020/21 Champions League on the final day of the season but ended the season a massive 33 points behind the eventual champions.

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Manchester United are yet to show their hand after the summer transfer window officially opened this week.

Chelsea have made a strong start to their summer preparations, having already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this year. Meanwhile, Manchester City have had a £41million bid accepted for Nathan Ake and are expected to invest in a winger.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side secured Champions League football with an excellent run to close out the Premier League campaign and now need to add talent to the squad to compete with Liverpool and City at the sharp end of the table.

Here is the latest transfer round-up regarding the Red Devils’ potential transfer activity.

United confident of Sancho deal despite Liverpool links


NobleSport’s, reports that longtime Manchester United target Jadon Sancho would prefer a move to rivals Liverpool over a switch to Old Trafford.

That is reportedly because he sees an easier path to winning trophies under Jurgen Klopp, following a Champions League and Premier League win in the last two seasons.

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Klopp admitted previously that Liverpool considered a move for Sancho, but recognised that they realistically could not land the former Manchester City prospect.

Speaking in 2019, Klopp said: “Buying English players is a smart idea because we would never have a chance to get Sancho.

“We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think: ‘Can we get him?’ No. Because English clubs don’t sell to other English clubs.”

Despite mutual interest between Liverpool and Sancho, however, the Reds are not expected to make a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer and United remain confident of sealing a deal, per NobleSports.

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United eye long-term Henderson deal

As Dean Henderson returns to Manchester United following an excellent second season on loan at Sheffield United, the club is keen to tie down the goalkeeper to a long-term contract as quickly as possible – ideally in the next two weeks, per reports.

According to NobleSports, Ed Woodward and the club will assess their budgets in the next two weeks before determining what deals can be done with current players and potential signings. Henderson is a key part of United’s prospective work.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is extremely keen to sign Henderson to a new five-year deal and is not against having the 23-year-old battle the increasingly error-strewn David de Gea for the number one spot next season.

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Henderson currently has two years with another option remaining on his current deal. But with a host of clubs interested – including Sheffield United, who would welcome him back on loan for another season, and Chelsea, who are searching for a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga – Solskjaer is eager to secure the keeper’s long-term future swiftly.

United enter Gabriel Magalhaes race
Manchester United have entered a five-club race for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his central defensive options.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been ever-present for United this season, but with Eric Bailly suffering from injuries and Chris Smalling hoping to seal a permanent move to Roma following his year-long loan spell in Italy, Solskjaer wants to improve his starting options.

Gabriel, then, offers a perceived immediate upgrade.

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The Brazilian was close to signing for Everton in a £20m move earlier this year. He even visited their training ground prior to lockdown.

However, that deal fell through and United have now entered the race to sign the 22-year-old, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.

Everton’s interest has cooled as the season has progressed, but Arsenal are extremely keen to add a centre-back.

They will have to offload a couple of defenders before they can spend, while PSG and Napoli are watching developments closely.

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Liverpool Transfer Roundups: Sancho chooses Liverpool

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This season will go down in history for Liverpool fans as they finally tasted the glory of lifting the Premier League crown.

Jurgen Klopp’s men left all rivals in their wake as they dominated the Premier League and enjoyed a 25-point lead over rivals Manchester City.

Confirmation of the title was a satisfying moment for Reds fans across the globe, but the fireworks had barely finished exploding when Klopp’s focus switched to next season and retaining their crown.

With that in mind, here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumours.

Sancho would prefer Anfield move


The future of Jadon Sancho has taken an interesting turn, with Kicker claiming the English star would prefer a move to Liverpool over Manchester United.

Sancho enjoyed a wonderful season with Dortmund in the Bundesliga during which he scored and assisted an impressive 34 goals in 32 games.

Linked heavily with a return to Manchester and the red half of the city, there is hesitancy from United to meet his considerable price tag.

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NobleSports reported in June that Dortmund would take £90million for their player – a drop from the £115m they first demanded.

Bayern set Thiago asking price

Bayern Munich have named their asking price for Thiago Alcantara, according to Sport Bild.

Thiago, 29, joined Bayern from Barcelona and is now in the final year of his contract with the German club.

There had been talk he would extend his stay in the Bundesliga, but recent developments have pushed him towards the exit door.

Liverpool are said to be interested in the midfielder, and NobleSports nowclaim Bayern are demanding a minimum of €30m (£27m) for the star.

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Promising youngster signs pro deal with Liverpool

Conor Bradley has agreed a first professional contract with Liverpool, according to BBC Sport.

Bradley, 17, joined the club last year after time in Northern Ireland with Dungannon United Youth and Dungannon Swifts.

He received international clearance in September and has spent most of his time at right-back for the Reds.

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Man u to go for Coman as alternative for Sancho

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Manchester United could sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman on loan, should the club fail in their attempts to prise Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund.

It has been reported by The Athletic that United are interested in signing the France international and have held talks with him over a move to Old Trafford.

Sky Sports News has confirmed he is on a shortlist of players that United are targeting this summer and the club could look at a potential loan instead of a permanent deal for a new winger.

Coman is seen as an alternative for United in their search for a new wideman, if they fail to secure the services of Dortmund’s Sancho.

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Sancho has two years remaining on his contract at Dortmund but is keen on a return to the Premier League.

Dortmund are demanding in excess of £100m for the England international, who arrived at Signal Iduna Park in an £8m deal from United’s rivals Manchester City in August 2017.

Bundesliga champions Bayern made the £54.8m acquisition of Leroy Sane from Manchester City on a five-year deal earlier in July.

But despite his arrival, Sky Germany have reported that Bayern are not prepared to let go of Coman, who scored four goals and made four assists in 24 Bundesliga games during the 2019/20 season.

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The 24-year-old joined the club in 2017 and has another three years remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena.

Meanwhile, the future of left-back David Alaba at Bayern is uncertain, chairman Karl-Heinz Rumminegge has said that the club are in talks with the Austrian over a contract extension.

But Rummenigge has admitted that the 28-year-old, who has another year left on his current deal, could leave Bavaria this summer if the club receives a sufficient offer.

The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5. A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from.

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Manchester United ‘Close to signing Sancho for £100m’

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Manchester United are close to agreeing a £100million deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly wants the Englishman to join his attacking ranks and line up alongside his youthful compatriots of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

And according to The Sun, United are ready to agree on Dortmund’s valuation of the player with a deal looming.

The Red Devils have made Sancho one of their principal targets when the summer transfer window opens on July 27.

United chief executive Ed Woodward stated in April that the club ‘were not immune’ from the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sancho’s current £190,000-a-week contract runs until 2022, which Dortmund reportedly believe puts them in a position of strength with regards to any transfer away from the Signal Iduna Park.

However, United are ready to commit to a deal for the 20-year-old.

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Any negotiations at this stage are also likely to be further complicated by the uncertainty of United’s status as a Champions League or Europa League side next season.

Sancho, who signed for Dortmund in 2017 for a measly £8m from Manchester City, is believed to be keen on a return to Manchester.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is keen to pursue Sancho this summer, but needs the financial assurance qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition would bring.

Sancho, an England international with 11 senior caps to his name, has had another fruitful season for Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund.

He racked up 17 goals and 17 assists in the German top-flight in 32 matches for Lucien Favre’s side.

Meanwhile, Dortmund are believed to be close to signing another English youngster in the form of 17-year-old Jude Bellingham from Birmingham, who reportedly turned down United in favour of a move to the Bundesliga.

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Manchester United will not pay more than £50m for Jadon Sancho, senior club officials have told Sky Sports News.

The 20-year-old is keen on a return to the Premier League but Borussia Dortmund and United remain poles apart on their valuations, with the Bundesliga club demanding in excess of £100m for the player they paid Manchester City £8m for in August 2017.

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.

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United are yet to make an official approach for Sancho, who has 17 Bundesliga goals and 16 assists so far this season.

Dortmund told the German stock market on Monday that playing games behind closed doors will lead to losses of around £41m.

However, United will be encouraged by Dortmund’s statement that their final figures may change depending on the transfer window which opens next month.

It appears likely that Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham could play a key role in negotiations.

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The midfielder, who turned 17 on Monday and is now able to sign a professional contract with Birmingham, is expected to choose between Dortmund and United in the next few weeks – increasing the possibility of the clubs agreeing for Sancho to head to Old Trafford and Bellingham to the Westfalenstadion.

While keen to drive a hard bargain, Dortmund are conscious that Sancho has only two years left on his current contract and could leave for nothing in the summer of 2022.

Earlier this week, Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reiterated that Sancho would only leave if their valuation was met.

“I don’t think a club will pay the sum. There is also no coronavirus discount on him,” Watzke told Sport 1.

United know that any potential impasse in negotiations could see a host of top clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona, step up their interest in the former Watford trainee.

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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland had plenty of praise for team-mate and Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.

The Norweigan starlet joined the Bundesliga club in January from RB Salzburg and took his incredible goalscoring form with him to Germany. He has scored 16 goals in 17 appearances for Dortmund, whilst Sancho has 20 goals and 20 assists in all competitions for the German side.

When asked about Sancho’s qualities, Haaland told the News source: ‘His goals and assists this season speak for itself.’

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‘You can see when he scores goals and dribbles past players it looks so easy. I played against him when I was 16 or 17 years old and he was the exact same – dribbling past players.

‘When I played against him then he was the best player I played against and now that I get to play with him it’s fantastic.

‘He assists me and we played good together. He’s as young as me and he’s amazing. He has a very bright future.’

Sancho is heavily linked with a move to Manchester United for a fee of around £117million.

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Due to the high price tag, United are the only option for Sancho this summer as he looks to be Premier League bound, according to reports.

Haaland made a huge statement in Dortmund’s two-legged tie with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 earlier this season.

He scored a brace in the first leg at the Signal Iduna Park – with one of them being a thunderbolt from outside the box – and said scoring in that game was a ‘special moment’.

‘I scored goals at Salbzurg but now I am scoring goals for a bigger club against bigger clubs,’ Haaland described.

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‘There was a lot of pressure building up before the game and I was just getting the horse power out of my leg. That moment was so special, I can’t describe it – just amazing. It was a fantastic night.’

PSG players appeared to mock Haaland’s meditation celebration after the Ligue 1 side knocked out Dortmund in the second leg.

The striker revealed that he was annoyed that they had crashed out of the competition, but was not bothered by them copying his celebration.

‘It annoyed me that we went out (the Champions League),’ he continued. ‘Now people know how much I love the Champions League.’

‘On the celebration, I am happy they did it. It doesn’t bother me to be honest.’

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Dortmund admits ‘ Fears of loosing Sancho’

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Manchester United have struck fear into Borussia Dortmund over their interest in wonderkid Jadon Sancho.

United will battle with several sides from the Premier League and elsewhere for Sancho’s signature this summer, with the 20-year-old reportedly being valued at £115m by his Bundesliga employers.

The Old Trafford side are understood to have agreed a number of factors in the deal, as Dortmund look increasingly likely they will begin 2020-21 without the talent who has 17 goals and 17 assists for the Bundesliga season so far.

‘It is clear that we are concerned. But I don’t want to talk about that now,’ director of football Michael Zorc, a 1980’s and 90’s Dortmund icon, said.

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United will enjoy getting one over rivals Manchester City if they land Sancho, after the south-Londoner quit the Citizens’ academy aged 17 hoping to accelerate his development in Germany.

He’s done exact that in three seasons in front of the Yellow Wall, set to make his 98th appearance for BVB against RB Leipzig on Saturday, having scored 34 goals and provided 43 assists.

Having proved his world class ability in the Champions League last season, Sancho has stepped up another level this term to cement himself alongside the likes of team-mate Erling Haaland at the top of the game.

Sancho’s signing would be yet another step in United’s tiresome struggle to win their first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford in 2012.

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‘Sancho won’t leave’ BVB Manager declares

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Sebastian Kehl, the head of Borussia Dortmund’s licensed player division, has no time for rumours that see Jadon Sancho leaving the club this year.

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Jadon Sancho to Liverpool, blared the transfer market rumour mills. But, according to club official Sebastian Kehl, the player is not expected to leave Borussia Dortmund in the close season, pouring cold water on claims the youngster was returning to England.

Former Manchester City youngster Sancho has been heavily linked with a return to England after a sensational campaign with Dortmund. Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly keen on the 20-year-old forward, who would likely cost upwards of €100million, even with the devastating effects of the coronavirus on the game’s finances.

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Ahead of Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash with Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday, Sancho had contributed 17 goals and 16 assists in the 2019-20 Bundesliga season – in total, he had scored 30 and set up another 34 in his 74 appearances in Germany’s top flight.

Despite reported interest from elsewhere, Kehl, who heads up Dortmund’s licensed player division, does not envision Sancho departing Signal Iduna Park this year.

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“We expect Jadon to play with us next season,” he told Sky.

Asked about reports that Liverpool were leading the race to sign him, he added: “That is not the truth.”

Achraf Hakimi has been another standout performer for BVB this season but his loan from Real Madrid is due to end at the conclusion of the campaign.

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Dortmund are hopeful of extending his stay but Kehl suggested it will be some time until there is a potential agreement.

He said: “It’s in his contract that he will return to Real Madrid at the end of the season if they want him. We have to be patient.”

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Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho after a lack of progress in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.

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Despite the coronavirus crisis, Standard Sport understands Los Blancos have money available to make a big signing this summer and Sancho’s spectacular season has not gone unnoticed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The England attacker, who is wanted by Manchester United, has scored 20 goals in 39 appearances for BVB this term and returned to the starting line-up with a hat-trick against SC Paderborn in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Sancho, who turned 20 in March, is on a list of secondary targets for Real Madrid and according to AS, he turned down an offer to sign for Los Blancos when he left Manchester City in 2017.

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Real’s two main objectives in the transfer market are Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe and Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Haaland as Madrid look for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo (who left in 2018) and a successor to Karim Benzema.

As things stand, Los Blancos are prepared to stick with what they have for another year, but their plans could change if the team’s goalscoring problems are exacerbated when LaLiga resumes.

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Also, with rivals Barcelona set to bring in a new attacker (probably Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez), Madrid may feel obliged to follow suit.

A move for Sancho is also likely to be dependent on the future of Gareth Bale, who is no longer in the plans of coach Zinedine Zidane and will be available again in the next transfer window.


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‘Justice for Floyd’ Sancho showcases after his ‘First’ Hatrick


England star Jadon Sancho has unveiled a “Justice for George Floyd” message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

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In the absence of Erling Haaland and following a calf injury that has limited him to cameo appearances since the German top-flight’s return from its coronavirus suspension earlier in May, the former Manchester City forward returned to Lucien Favre’s starting lineup for Sunday’s trip to bottom club Paderborn and marked the occasion by netting a first senior hat-trick.

After side-footing home his first goal from close range at Benteler Arena soon after Thorgan Hazard’s opener, Sancho subsequently removed his Dortmund shirt to reveal a yellow BVB base layer that featured the message “Justice for George Floyd” written prominently across the front in pen.

He was then shown a yellow card by referee Daniel Siebert for removing his shirt.

Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi unveiled the same message after scoring Dortmund’s fourth goal of the evening.

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The death of Mr Floyd – an unarmed black man – while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday after he was knelt on by police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked protests across the United States and beyond.

Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on Sunday, Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram kneeled in the aftermath of his first goal in the 4-1 win over Union Berlin, while on Saturday American midfielder Weston McKennie took to the pitch for Schalke’s match against Werder Bremen wearing an armband that read “Justice for George”.

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Taking to Twitter after Dortmund’s win over Paderborn, Sancho said: “First professional hat trick. A bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.

“We have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”


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Chelsea alternatively chooses Chukwueze over Sancho


Chelsea are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of wingers in the transfer market this summer and have identified Samuel Chukwueze as a potential target if they fail in a bid to land Jadon Sancho.

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Sancho has emerged as a star for Borussia Dortmund and England this season, but the Blues face stiff competition from the likes of Manchester United for the 20-year-old who has been rated at £90million.

Should a pursuit for the forward fall through then focus is set to shift to Chukwueze according to Goal.

The 21-year-old has already emerged as a key player for Villarreal after breaking into the side during the 2018-19 season and has 12 goals and seven assists from 68 appearances.

The winger is also a Nigerian international and has earned 13 caps, scoring twice in that time for the Super Eagles.

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Chukwueze was a target for Liverpool last summer but Jurgen Klopp’s interest appears to have cooled since then with the Reds on their way to the Premier League title.

Although he is under contract at the Spanish side until 2023, he represents a much cheaper option than Sancho and could be available for around £45million according to the report.

That might be enough for Chelsea to consider making a move ahead of a summer where at least a couple of their attacking options on the wing could be set to depart Stamford Bridge.

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Willian is out of contract at the end of June and looks no closer to extending his stay at the Blues where he has featured since 2013.

Pedro could also be on the move in the summer, with the 32-year-old admitting he is uncertain where he will lining up next season having fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard.


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Dortmund expects Sancho to Stay and Not Leave

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Borussia Dortmund expect Jadon Sancho to stay at the club this summer.

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However, a source close to the 20-year-old has told Sky Sports News a move away from Dortmund is still likely as he is unlikely to extend his current contract, which expires in 2022.

Dortmund have maintained they will only sell if the deal is right for the club and the player, who is valued in excess of £100m.

In March, Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said the club would not stand in Sancho’s way if he wanted to leave in the summer.

“You always have to respect what the player wants,” he told Bild. “We already said before the coronavirus pandemic that our preference is for Jadon to remain with us”.

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A number of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in signing Sancho.

Former club Manchester City are due to receive 15 per cent of any sale and have a first refusal clause on the England international which allows them to match any offer that is accepted.

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While there are no favourites or front runners, Sancho’s preference is to play for a club in the Champions League next season.

The player himself is said to be relaxed about the situation and is fully focused on the return of the Bundesliga next week.

‘Sancho has been irrepressible this season, racking up 14 goals and 15 assists in just 23 Bundesliga appearances. With nine games still to play, he has already surpassed his totals for the whole of the 2018/19 campaign, during which he registered 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 games.

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‘The numbers are exceptional by anyone’s standards. In fact, Sancho’s combined total of 29 goals and assists this season puts him behind only two players in Europe’s major leagues – and one of those is Lionel Messi.

‘What makes it all the more impressive, of course, is that Sancho has done all this as a teenager.

‘With a combined total of 60 top-flight goals and assists so far, he has racked up more than twice as many as Messi at the same age. His totals also dwarf those of Eden Hazard and Raheem Sterling. He has scored nearly twice as many goals as a teenaged Cristiano Ronaldo in all competitions.’ Sky Sports journalist Nick Wright said.


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Sancho edges close to EPL Move Looking At how other BVB stars get on after transfers

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Premier League scouts will often turn their eye to Borussia Dortmund when they’re asked to comb Europe for the best talent available – and with good reason.

Some of the best players in recent years have come through the German side – whether they’ve started their careers there or have been signed by them. You only have to look at the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus as examples.

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This knack at spotting quality has come at a price, however. Teams around the world often queue up to take Dortmunds best players off their hands, and a flock of teams in England have snapped them up in recent years with mixed success.

This year the club face another battle to cling onto their top assets, and Jadon Sancho will be the subject of a £100million tug of war between Premier League sides bidding to bring the Englishman back home. Manchester United and Chelsea have both been touted as possible destinations for the 20-year-old.

But how have previous Dortmund stars performed after making the move to the English top flight? Sportsmail has a closer look at the major deals, weighing up whether the grass was greener for them after leaving Germany.

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Shinji Kagawa – Manchester United (2012)
Price: £14m

When the Japanese midfielder signed for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men there were high expectations he would be the latest Asian star to flourish at Old Trafford following the success of Park Ji-sung, with suggestions the club could have also benefited commercially from shirt sales and brand recognition in the Far East.

But it just didn’t quite come together for Kagawa – despite enjoying a relatively positive first season that saw him score six goals in 26 games.

The following campaign was less impressive – no goals in 30 games. Having come from a Dortmund side where he scored 29 in 71, this was a disappointing return.

When he signed for United, he said he would carry [Dortmund], their great fans, and the whole city in my heart forever’. And so it went that he would return to the club after just two underwhelming seasons in Manchester.

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Ilkay Gundogan – Manchester City (2016)
Price: £24m

A member of the famous Dortmund side that made it to the 2013 Champions League final – and scorer of the first goal in their 2-1 defeat to Bayern at Wembley – Gundogan had been courted by a host of top clubs around the world for some time.

After a serious of illustrious displays in the centre of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, he finally left Signal Iduna Park after making 157 appearances.

Under the now Liverpool boss he won the Bundesliga and German Cup, but ended up joining Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

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The midfielder has suffered with injuries throughout his career, and things didn’t look good as he ruptured his cruciate ligament in his first season at the Etihad – missing virtually the entire campaign.

But since recovering he has managed to keep his fitness woes mostly in check, going on to become a key figure for Guardiola at City.

He has won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and three EFL Cups – playing 154 games for the Sky Blues and chipping in with 22 goals.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Manchester United (2016)
Price: £26m

The Armenian was highly coveted when he joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2017, bringing great anticipation with him having just bagged 23 goals and 15 assists with Dortmund the previous season.

Arriving alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, United fans were licking their lips at the prospect of him pulling the strings in midfield.

A spectacular scorpion-kick goal against Sunderland was to be his only notable highlight, however, as he started just 15 times in the league, with nine coming from the bench, and he scored just four goals.

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He quickly found himself out of favour at Old Trafford and was shifted out to Arsenal in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez in 2018. But despite an impressive start with the Gunners – which saw him score twice and provide four assists in his first handful of games – he saw no increase in his fortunes.

While he played more games last season, he quickly fell down the pecking order under Unai Emery – and he now admits he struggled to develop under the Spaniard. This season he is on loan at Roma and hopes to secure a permanent move.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal (2018)
Price: £57m

Perhaps the biggest success story of the lot. Gabon international Aubameyang wasted absolutely no time making his mark on the Premier League as he arrived in the same window as Mkhitaryan and blitzed 10 goals in just 14 games under Arsene Wenger.

Despite commanding a large fee for a player coming towards the end of his twenties, the forward felt like a ready-made superstar when he signed and there was a feeling that the Gunners knew they were getting a class act after he notched 141 goals in 213 games for Dortmund.

His sophomore year at the Emirates was particularly impressive as he finished the season as the joint-top goalscorer with 22 strikes alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Flash forward to the present and Aubameyang has 61 goals in nearly a century of games for the north London outfit, who now face their own struggles to keep hold of him amid reported interest from Barcelona.

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Sokratis – Arsenal (2018)
Price: £14m

Another Dortmund star to link up with Arsenal was the Greek international Sokratis, who was brought in before his former team-mates Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan – with the hope that he could strengthen a leaky backline.

He had spent five years with the Bundesliga side and won a German Cup, and was seen as an experienced head who might make the Gunners defence more resolute.

But 67 appearances later he is yet to pull up any trees, with pundits and fans still criticising their back four and calling for additions.

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The 31-year-old, who has been guilty of errors, played 40 games in his first year at the Emirates and was part of the team that made it to the Europa League final against Chelsea.

Unfortunately for him, he was also part of the side that were thumped 4-1 by the Blues in the Azerbaijan as Emery’s men missed out on the trophy and also finished fifth in the table.

But he remains an important part of the team at Arsenal and has made 19 starts this season under both Emery and Mikel Arteta.

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Andriy Yarmolenko – West Ham (2018)
Price: £18m

The Ukrainian international only spent one year with the German club but was hit by injuries after leaving Dynamo Kiev – where he made his name. He came to Dortmund having forged an impressive career off the back of 137 goals in 341 outings.

He missed nearly half the season with a foot injury, yet he still managed to play 26 games and bag six goals.

When West Ham came calling, however, the club seemed content to cash in as the west Londoners parted with £18m for him.

Sadly for the Ukrainian international, it’s been the same story as far as injuries go. He scored twice in his first 10 games at the London Stadium before his campaign was cruelly cut short in just October as he ruptured his Achilles tendon.

Yarmolenko made his comeback this season and played 15 times, contributing three goals, before tearing his abductor muscle over Christmas and hasn’t played since.

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Chrisian Pulisic – Chelsea (2019)
Price: £58m

Dortmund’s most recent sale to the Premier League saw them net nearly £60m for a talented young player. Christian Pulisic started his career at the club and played over 127 games, gaining experience in the Bundesliga and the Champions League and winning a host of suitors before Chelsea won his signature.

But like Yarmolenko, the American has proven to be injury prone and has suffered a difficult season at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.

With the likes of Mason Mount featuring prominently and competition for places remaining fierce on the wings, the American had to battle hard for his spot after showing glimpses of his quality from the bench.

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But in October he started coming alive and a crucial performance in Chelsea’s Champions League win away at Ajax was rewarded with a start against Burnley – where he delivered a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory.

That run of form fizzled out, however, and it wasn’t long before the injury blow that would rule him out for 13 games. Frustratingly for Pulisic, the season was suspended around the same time he recovered – and he will have to step up his fitness and rehabilitation from home.


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Barca eye Sancho as alternative if they can’t land Neymar in summer

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Neymar is linked with a return to Barcelona, but they may turn to Jadon Sancho instead.

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Barcelona are reportedly looking at Jadon Sancho as an alternative if they cannot land Neymar.

Neymar is linked with a return to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain, where he arrived from Barcelona for a world-record €222million in 2017.

But the LaLiga giants have options.

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Borussia Dortmund star Sancho is an alternative to Neymar for Barcelona, according to Sport.

The cover of the Spanish daily says Barca are thinking of Sancho if they are unable to bring Neymar back to the club.

Sancho was enjoying an incredible season with 14 goals and 15 assists in 23 Bundesliga games when the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Barcelona and Real Madrid ‘enter race to sign Dortmund wonderkid Sancho’

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Manchester United’s task of luring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford just got harder after Barcelona and Real Madrid entered the race for the Englishman.

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The Borussia Dortmund star is linked with the exit door and United are firmly in the hunt.

But the Spanish giants are set to join the race with Barcelona prepared to include highly-rated youngster Ansu Fati in the deal.

The teenager has burst on to the scene this term and the Catalans are prepared to offer him to the German side, but only on loan claims Bild.

Fati is a Borussia Dortmund target but Barcelona already value the 17-year-old at over £30m.

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Madrid meanwhile threw money at the transfer market last summer but could still finish the season trophyless.

Los Blancos have a reputation for acquiring world stars and Sancho is set to be just that.

Dortmund have slapped a £100m price tag on the former Manchester City academy star.

It remains to be seen how the coronavirus pandemic will affect club finances and, as a result, summer spending.

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United spent around £150m last summer and, despite an upturn in performances recently, remain someway off the pace domestically.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made adding young, homegrown talent a priority and Sancho perfectly fits that profile.

United are also prepared to give the 20-year-old the famous No 7 shirt at Old Trafford.

Throughout history the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have all worn it.

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Dortmund though, despite losing several of their best players over the years, are determined to retain Sancho’s services.

Their sporting director Michael Zorc has said: “We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho (until 2022).

“Nothing will change about that now. We are totally relaxed about it.”

Sancho has scored 31 goals in 90 appearances for Dortmund and become a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.


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Only Mbappe valued higher than Sancho right now

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Manchester City should be asking questions of how Jadon Sancho slipped their net, says Dietmar Hamann, saying the Borussia Dortmund winger is now sat behind only Kylian Mbappe when it comes to the top-rated talent in Europe.

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Having taken the decision to leave the Etihad Stadium in 2017, the product of City’s academy system opted to try his luck in Germany.

Sancho has starred for Dortmund, earning senior international recognition with England along the way, and is now sparking talk of a £100 million ($125m) return to the Premier League.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are among those said to be keen on the 20-year-old forward, with Hamann admitting it is easy to see why interest is building. For the former City and Liverpool midfielder, only Paris Saint-Germain’s World Cup-winning striker Mbappe sits above Sancho when it comes to the “highest valued” players on the market.

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Hamann told Sky Sports: “In Dortmund, we’ve seen in the past that they can develop players when given time.

“When he first came, he had a bit of a rough start for the first few months, but the last 12 to 18 months, you have to say he’s probably been the best player in the Bundesliga and I’m not surprised there’s huge interest in England to take him back.

“We had [Ousmane] Dembele here a few years ago before he went to Barcelona [and he] never really recovered, but I’ve rarely seen a player in the last decade who beats players or defenders purely with skill. He’s in double figures again this season with nine or 10 games to go in assists and in goals.

“I’d probably make him the highest valued player. If you look at Mbappe, he might be the only one who’s valued higher than Sancho now. This is how good he’s been.

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“I think it would be a major act for Dortmund to keep him this summer.

“I just wonder what they think at Manchester City because they must have seen that he’s got something, otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible for him to perform the way he did over the past 18 months.”

Sancho hit 17 goals and teed up 19 more for grateful team-mates prior to competitive football being shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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Dortmund will allow Sancho to leave if Utd break their transfer record

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Borussia Dortmund will reportedly allow Jadon Sancho to join Manchester United, provided the Red Devils break their transfer record in order to sign him.

The 20-year-old is the subject of major interest from the Premier League giants after another stunning season in the Bundesliga.

Sancho netted 14 goals and provided 16 assists in his 23 Bundesliga matches this season before it was shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Englishman, who is approaching the final two years of his current deal, has been offered a huge wage rise by Dortmund.

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However, Bild are reporting that the German club would let him leave, provided the price is right.

That price is believed to be in excess of £100m, significantly more than United’s transfer record of £89m for Paul Pogba.

That could be a hard figure for United to meet given the present circumstances, clubs across the world experiencing financial difficulty due to the coronavirus crisis.


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