11 August 2020 14:36
Manchester United have had informal discussions with Barcelona about a possible deal for Ousmane Dembele, reports say. However, with Borussia Dortmund holding firm, the Red Devils may have to look elsewhere. What Man Utd were told by Borussia Dortmund in Jadon Sancho call Manchester United are sold on Sancho, with Solskjaer adamant the Borussia Dortmund star can propel his side to a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement. Dortmund are insisting Sancho will be going nowhere and, on Monday, sporting director Michael Zorc announced the 20-year-old would be staying at the Westfalenstadion. And, now, ESPN claim United and Barcelona have had 'informal' discussions about a possible deal for Dembele.
A week after reaching 'a breakthrough in negotiations' to sign Jadon Sancho for £70m, it has gone to pot for Man United. It might have been a coincidence that a prominent Manchester-centric writer at each national newspaper stated at around 7pm on Monday evening that Manchester United were still hopeful of signing Jadon Sancho, but were frustrated at having to deal with third-party agents, wanted to drive the asking price down and would not fall into the same expensive trap as they did with Alexis Sanchez. 'The England international is United's No 1 target in the transfer window and has agreed personal terms with the club on a basic salary of around £250,000 a week' – The Guardian. 'United are unwilling to pay Sancho the £300,000-a-week demanded by the player's representatives' – Daily Mirror. So he has either already accepted a deal on or 'is holding out for' £250,000 a week, or his representatives are demanding £50,000 more while United are offering £30,000 less?
Perhaps if they let themselves be 'bullied' into signing one of the best young players in the world and a reported club target for three years, they wouldn't be so 'frustrated'. 'There has been a breakthrough in negotiations as the Red Devils have forced the Germans into accepting staggered payments, with £70m up front,' he wrote on August 3. But Dortmund want more upfront for the 20-year-old England winger,' he wrote on August 10. It surely doesn't matter what Dortmund want if United 'have forced the Germans' to accept what has been offered? 'Sancho will sign a four-year, £220,000-a-week deal, with the option on the club's side of extending it by a further year,' he wrote on August 3.
'The club want to offer a highly incentivised deal worth £220,000 per week. But Sancho is holding out for closer to £250k,' he wrote on August 10. But that does not account for Custis telling everyone the deal was done and United had won a week before admitting the opposite was closer to the truth, all without any sort of explanation. He brings us the match report from United's Europa League win over Copenhagen. 'Replays showed that Greenwood was half-a-yard offside when he latched on to Marcus Rashford's flick header forward and the goal was ruled out.' 'That is because the Red Devils desperately struggled to break down a side who were 100/1 shots to win the Europa League before kick-off.' One man's 'side who were 100/1 shots to win the Europa League before kick-off' is another's 'team who have not conceded more than one goal in their last 28 European games, dating back to July 2018'. Not if they, y'know, sign Jadon Sancho. 'Red Devils looking shaky at the back' was also one of five talking points the Daily Mirror gleaned from watching a team keep a clean sheet over 120 minutes. Football365 shithouse headline of the day Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was worried about Marcus Rashford in the club's 1-0 Europa League win over FC Copenhagen, it has been claimed. Rashford endured a tough night as the Red Devils battled their way into the semi-finals of the competition. Manchester United battled their way into the last four of the Europa League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Copenhagen on Monday night. But United were forced to grind and graft for the win, with Bruno Fernandes' penalty the difference. THINK YOU KNOW FOOTBALL? Inter Milan go forward to the semi-finals of the Europa League after beating Bayer Leverkusen in Dusseldorf on Monday, August 10. Romelu Lukaku was the driving force from the start of the game, disrupting the Leverkusen defence and keeping Inter in the running for their first trophy in nine years. The German team kept themselves in the game with Kai Havertz playing a one-two with Kevin Volland, firing the ball past goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to minimise the gap to a single goal. Moses' Inter Milan beat Tapsoba's Bayer Leverkusen to reach Europa League semis In a goal-laden first half, the Black and Blues took a 15th-minute lead as Barella scored a beauty after Lukaku's initial shot was blocked. Bayer Leverkusen were in for some trouble when the international doubled the lead six minutes later - squeezing the ball home after showing great strength to hold off Burkina Faso's Edmond Tapsoba. First, he became the first player to score in nine successive Europa League or Uefa Cup games, eclipsing the record of eight he previously shared with great Alan Shearer. Also, he is the first player to score in six successive European matches for the Italian elite division outfit. So far, their season has been one of near misses, with Conte's side reaching the semi-finals of the before finishing second in, one point behind nine-time champions.