Hey reader, welcome to The Weekly Round-Up. Here you can catch a glimpse of all the news throughout the last week. Our aim is to keep you up to date with all of the reliable news regarding Manchester United, so you don’t miss a thing.
While there has been no action on the field at club level, the European Championships and Copa América are keeping us glued to the screens. The transfer window is now in full flow and United have started to make moves.
During the week, there have been multiple reliable reports suggesting that United are very close to signing Jadon Sancho, and have already turned their attention towards Eduardo Camavinga. Here is The Weekly Round-Up:
UEFA remove away goal rules:
UEFA have officially announced that away goals will be removed from all UEFA competitions in the upcoming season. They added that ties in which two teams score the same number of goals over two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and if necessary, a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
Installation of rail seats begin at Old Trafford
United have begun work to install 1,500 rail seats at Old Trafford ahead of a trial for the 2021/22 season.
United make Camavinga priority
It was Derek Hunter from the Daily Mail, who first reported that United are weighing up an approach for Eduardo Camavinga once they wrap up Jadon Sancho’s transfer this week.
The next day, RMC journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi claimed that United have officially expressed their interest in the young midfielder who has one year left on his contract, and have made him one of their priorities for this summer.
Bouhafsi further added that United have already started discussions with Camavinga’s entourage and a meeting is scheduled for mid-next week to convince the player to join the club, who’s priority as of now is to sign for PSG. Camavinga’s representatives have already communicated to Rennes (who want close to €100 million), that he will not extend his contract.
Fabrizio Romano on the other hand said that although United are interested in the young Frenchman, a midfielder isn’t United’s priority right now. Romano further added that Camavinga and his agents are not in a rush to move, so advance negotiations with the interested clubs may take some weeks to start.
James Ducker from The Telegraph also reported that United are eager to recruit a center-back after Sancho, and any further big-money purchases would depend on United reducing their wage bill and generating money from sales.
The Sancho Saga:
This week turned out to be the one everyone had been waiting for. The end is indeed near.
Second bid gone in
Simon Stone from the BBC, confirmed reports stating that United had made a second bid of €85 million for Jadon Sancho, but it was €10 million short of Dortmund’s valuation of the Englishman.
This was backed by several reliable journalists such as James Ducker from the Telegraph and Rob Dawson from ESPN among others.
Dawson reported that Borussia Dortmund wanted £77 million for Sancho and on top of that the German club also wanted around £4m in add-ons.
Second Bid Rejected, but deal imminent.
It was The Times who reported that United’s second bid (£77 million) has been rejected by Dortmund. They added that despite of a bid being rejected, the deal is imminent and United are expected to complete a deal for Jadon Sancho next week (this week), with an announcement maybe coming after Sancho’s participation in the Euros has ended.
The Manchester Evening News also stated that United expect to complete the signing of Sancho, with only the structure of the fee to be resolved. They added that United were £8.5million shy of meeting Borussia Dortmund’s overall valuation for Sancho, with Dortmund insisting on add-ons depending on United possibly winning the Champions League.
Later in the day, Simon Stone also confirmed that a bid was rejected, and added that United may not have to meet the €95m price-tag Dortmund initially put on Sancho. Fabrizio Romano also stated that United have officially told Dortmund that they are prepared to pay €85m for Sancho.
Sancho has Never been closer
Fabrizio Romano reported that Jadon Sancho has never been so close to join United. He added that the gap between between United’s official proposal and Dortmund’s price tag after further talks is now reducing.
Later in the day, David Ornstein and Laurie Whitwell from the Athletic also confirmed that United have made further progress to sign Jadon Sancho, with the haggling now down to single-digit millions. They further added that a fee of around €90 million would clinch the deal.
These reports were backed by Chris Wheeler from The Daily Mail, who further added that final figure for the Sancho deal is expected to be around £73m plus £4m in add-ons, with the deal likely to be confirmed this weekend (27th March).
United raise the offer, but transfer unlikely until after the Euros
It was James Ducker from The Telegraph who reported that United have again raised their offer for Sancho to €90m, and an agreement is close. He further added that United have been sensitive to considerations of England and it is unlikely that any transfer would be formally concluded until after the Euros.
The reliable Dortmund based outlet Ruhr Nachrichten have also reported that an ‘a transfer agreement is approaching’, after United raised their offer gradually. They state that Dortmund should receive around the €90m (plus bonuses) they were initially asking for in this window. Dortmund have started to look for replacements.
€85 million fee agreed
Sky Germany have reported that United and Dortmund have agreed a fee of €85 million for Jadon Sancho. But, they add that the structure of the payment, installments in which the sum is paid and bonuses (add-ons) are yet to be finalised. They say that these small details usually don’t prevent the imminent transfer from happening.
Earlier in the day, James Ducker also reported that United are expected to formally agree a deal for Jadon Sancho this week, with the final fee expected to be worth at least £77.4 million. He further added that Sancho is expected to sign a deal worth in excess of £250,000 a week with bonuses.
Now, the next day (Tuesday) reports from Germany appeared to be backing what was said in England. SPORT1 journalist Patrick Berger reported that Dortmund will accept United’s €85m bid for Sancho, but add-ons, payment instalments have not been agreed upon yet.
This was backed by WAZ, who further added that Some of the final details being discussed in the Jadon Sancho deal are the amount of installments the €85m fee will be paid in. It could be between three and four.
Rashford teases fans, final talks in next hours
After England’s win against Germany at the Euros, Marcus Rashford caused a stir after replying to a comment asking him to announce Sancho. Next morning, Rashford deleted the tweet and claimed that his account was hacked.
Quoting Rashford’s reply, Fabrizio Romano revealed that United and Dortmund would be in direct contact in the next hours to complete the final details of an agreement, for a fee around €90m.
Varane is Preferred to Torres
MEN have reported that Raphael Varane is United’s preferred target and United are ‘progressing slowly’ on a deal to sign the Real Madrid defender.
Spanish Outlet Diario AS claimed that Varane’s agents have demanded a huge salary increase to sign an extension which Real Madrid can’t afford to meet, Madrid are waiting for United to come forward and take him this summer.
Later in the week, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said that there were no official bids for Varane, which contradicts reports from last week which stated that United had made a £50 million bid (could be unofficial) for the French defender.
United want Goretzka to replace Pogba
German Outlet SportBild have claimed that United are interested in Leon Goretzka as a replacement if Paul Pogba leaves the club. This was backed by SPORT1 journalist Florian Plettenberg, who further added that United bosses told Goretzka’s management on the phone call that they want to replace Pogba. Although, the player is listening to offers from different clubs, his priority remains to extend his contract with Bayern.
Pogba open to move to PSG
Footmercato journalist Santi Aouna, have claimed that PSG are discussing about potentially signing Paul Pogba, with the player and his agent (Mino Raiola) open to a transfer to Paris.
Sky Sports have reported that a number of clubs are interested in signing Pogba – but as it stands there have been no official bids. They further reiterated that United are in discussions with Pogba’s representatives.
Talks for Trippier cooled
The Athletic have reported that United had expressed a willingness to bid £10m for Kieran Trippier but Atletico Madrid are holding out for £28m. As a result, the talks for the Englishman have cooled.
These reports were backed by MEN, who say that United have made no headway in discussions to sign Kieran Trippier as Atletico are holding out for a higher fee than €20million.
Every player “has a realistic valuation”
Rob Dawson has claimed that realistic offers for squad players will be considered by United during the summer transfer window. When agents and intermediaries made inquiries over the availability of players like Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek, they have been met with a response from United that “every player has a realistic valuation”.
Dawson further added that Donny Van de Beek wants to stay at United and fight for his place.
Mata wants to stay
MEN have claimed that Juan Mata, who’s contract is due to expire at midnight would prefer to stay at United. Earlier, this month United confirmed that they were in talks with the Spaniard.
Dalot’s Milan move is almost ‘closed’
Sky Sport Italia have claimed that Diogo Dalot’s move to AC Milan is almost closed (done). It will only take a last effort on the part of all parties to arrive at the final understanding.
Lingard’s first choice is to stay
Jack Rosser from the Evening Standard has claimed that although Jesse Lingard wants regular football, his first choice would be to remain at United. He further added that Lingard was West Ham’s priority target and they remain intent on pushing ahead with a move for him.
Lazio believe in Pereira
Italian Outlet Correire Dello Sport have claimed that Lazio’s sporting Director believes in Andreas Pereira and is waiting to see, if his good relationship with Pereira’s agent will favour the renewal of Pereira’s temporary spell in Italy or not.
This week United confirmed that Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Amy Turner will leave the club ahead of next season.
Bishop Joins Mansfield
United Goalkeeper Nathan Bishop has sealed a loan move to Mansfield Town for the entirety of next season.
Hugill to sign a new contract
Laurie Whitwell has reported that Academy Prospect Joe Hugill is set to sign a new three year deal at United. He will also feature for first-team in pre-season, along with other academy players.
The Summer transfer window is now in it’s full flow, it will be likely that we hear more and more concrete rumours around who United will be looking to sign ahead of the next season. It is also very likely that we hear some official announcements this week.