Man Utd have Jadon Sancho on list of four attacking transfer targets ahead of summer

Manchester United have Jadon Sancho on a list of four attacking transfer targets, reports say. It’s an open secret that the Red Devils want to sign the Borussia Dortmund star, who has impressed in the Bundesliga this season. And they also have Jack Grealish and two others on their radar.

Manchester United appear to have turned a corner under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the coronavirus crisis brought football to a crashing halt.

The Red Devils were on a hot streak, winning eight of their last 11 matches in all competitions and failing to lose since their 2-0 defeat to Burnley in December.

Now, Solskjaer and United are planning ahead as they eye a shot at the Premier League title next season.

And ESPN name Sancho and Grealish among four attacking targets for the Red Devils as they look to reel in the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

Dortmund star Sancho has been sublime this season, scoring 14 Bundesliga goals and clocking up 16 assists.

For United they think he’s the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne, having struggled to replace the Portugal international since his move to Real Madrid in 2009.

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They’re also prepared to hand the England international Ronaldo’s old No 7 shirt, with Alexis Sanchez primed to depart.

Regarding Grealish, United feel he can flourish in attack.

Any move is likely to hinge on what happens with Paul Pogba. The France international remains on the radars of both Real Madrid and Juventus ahead of the summer transfer window.

But, should Pogba go, Grealish is seen as the ideal replacement.

Other attacking targets for United include Moussa Dembele and Timo Werner, of Lyon and RB Leipzig respectively.

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Dembele was in fine fettle before French football grinded to a halt, scoring 16 Ligue 1 goals.

Werner, meanwhile, has struck 30 for Leipzig across all competitions following the appointment of Julian Nagelsmann as manager.

Who United ultimately start next season with, though, is something only time will tell.

Solskjaer and the Red Devils are looking to exploit the transfer market when the window reopens as they plot the next stage of their Old Trafford rebuild.

And speaking earlier this month, the Norwegian admitted it would be a ‘new world’ out there following the coronavirus crisis.

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“We’re always looking to improve the squad,” said the Norwegian.  

“This uncertainty in the market now, who knows how football and the market is going to be, but I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got.

“Today’s world is different to what it was two months ago.

“We’ve got to adjust, adapt, there’s clubs out there struggling more than us financially.

“It’s a new world, and I think the transfer market this summer will be completely different to what anyone thought it would be.”

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Paul Pogba slammed by former Manchester United hero Teddy Sheringham

‘Does he get United out of the mire and dig deep? The answer is no’: Paul Pogba slammed by former Manchester United hero Teddy Sheringham who questions French star’s desire and says he should be replaced

  • Teddy Sheringham has hit out at Paul Pogba’s role at Manchester United
  • Former United striker claims he does not have desire to play for the club
  • Sheringham compared Pogba to ex-team-mates Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke
  • Also claimed United are way off competing for the Premier League title 
  • However he is confident Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking the team forward 

Teddy Sheringham believes Paul Pogba lacks the desire to succeed at Manchester United and has called on his former club to pursue other options to replace him in midfield.

Pogba has struggled to consistently hit top form since making a world record £89million move to United in 2016 and has has endured a torrid campaign this term hampered by injury.  

But Sheringham, who scored 46 goals in 153 games for United before ending his four-year spell in 2001 claims United lack the same leaders than during his time at the club and questioned Pogba’s role in the dressing room.

Former Manchester United starTeddy Sheringham questioned Paul Pogba’s desire on Tuesday

‘They need to recruit in the right manner, get the right people out. The big one for me is Pogba – a lot of talk about him,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘You mention top players, captains, when things weren’t going right in our time, Roy Keane put things right, he would drive things, on, dig deep and have a say in every game we played in because of his desire.

‘Look at Pogba does he have that desire? Yes he is talented but does he get United out of the mire and dig deep?

Pogba has struggled to make an impact since his £89million move to United in 2016

Sheringham believes United lack the leadership shown by the likes of former captain Roy Keane. They are pictured together in a match against Arsenal in 1999

‘For me the answer is no, it is good to be cocky and arrogant at the right time, Dwight Yorke had that but he had the desire to put things right at he right times and I don’t think Pogba has that so it would be best to get someone else in with the right desire to drag Manchester United on.’

Ahead of the Premier League’s proposed restart in June, United will be looking for a return to the Champions League next term.

They currently sit fifth place in the Premier League with nine games to go but are in the hunt for the top four just three points behind Chelsea.

(From left) Ronny Johnsen, Sheringham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke and Denis Irwin celebrate winning the Champions League in 1999

However despite admitting United are a long way off trying to win their first Premier League crown since 2013, Sheringham is encouraged by the progress being made by his former team-mate and current Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with whom he helped United lift the treble in 1999.

‘Look at Liverpool and City, they are a long way off,’ he added.

‘I like what Ole is doing, he has a nice feel at the club and I think he has steadied the ship and things are going in the right direction but they are still a long, long way off challenging for the championship.’

Sheringham believes Solskjaer is taking United in the right direction under his management




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Man Utd impressed by transfer target who they want to ‘take pressure off’ Anthony Martial

Manchester United have been impressed by Raul Jimenez’s form in the Premier League and have him on a list of striker targets, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Wolves frontman Jimenez has scored 22 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions this season following his permanent move to Molineux. United are keen on bringing in a striker to reduce the pressure on Anthony Martial.

Martial has been United’s main centre-forward following the exit of Romelu Lukaku last summer.

Castles says Juventus are also keen on Jimenez but insists no offers have been made yet.

“Wolves will not, I’m told, stand in his way if they get an offer which meets their valuation of the player,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“Jimenez is interested in that move [to Juventus], it’s not by any means the only club that have been checking on Jimenez’s availability and considering him as a signing for the next seasons.

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“As we told you on the podcast some time ago, Manchester United have been very impressed with the way he’s played and he is one of the options they’ve been looking at as a centre-forward to add into their squad and to take pressure off Anthony Martial for next season, to give them two options and give them a player who you’d have to say is a much better aerial prospect and a stronger, more physical presence than Martial, so to give them tactical options there.

“Nothing in terms of offers from either club at present and of course they’re dealing with Wolves who have very substantial financial backing behind them.”

Martial has scored 16 goals in all competitions for United this season.

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But former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop can see the Frenchman leaving Old Trafford if United bring in a replacement.

“I can see [Martial] departing Old Trafford,” Hislop told ESPN.

“At times he’s cut a forlorn figure and not looked happy with his football.

“The challenge is, I don’t see why Manchester United let him go right now.

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“Manchester United don’t have an awful lot of world-class talent in that dressing room and Martial is one of their brightest talents.

“So until you find a replacement for him, until you can pack that dressing room with players as good as or better than, I don’t see why you let him go.

“It makes sense for Martial to look for an exit right now, it just doesn’t make sense for Manchester United and they’re holding the cards.”

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How Man Utd could line up if Jadon Sancho and two other Bundesliga stars join

Manchester United are hellbent on signing Jadon Sancho this summer, with the Borussia Dortmund star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target. However, the Red Devils also have interest in Erling Haaland and Kai Havertz, who are both in fine form. Express Sport now takes a look at how United could line up should they sensationally manage to sign all three.

Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have struggled with right wingers ever since Cristiano Ronaldo upped and left for Real Madrid in 2009.

Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez and Memphis Depay have all toiled on the flank when played there – which is why the Red Devils want Sancho.

They feel the England international can fare better than the trio, deeming him a generational talent.

And that’s why, should he sign, he’d be deployed on the wing that has caused United so many problems over the years.

He’d represent a substantial upgrade on Daniel James, who has fared well since his move from Swansea in the summer.

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Erling Haaland

United still want to sign Haaland one day – despite the Norway international rejecting them in January.

And, should he join, the Red Devils would deploy him in the No 9 role.

Haaland is far deadlier than Anthony Martial, despite the France international enjoying a positive campaign at Old Trafford.

He’d be able to link up with Sancho, who he currently plays with at Dortmund.

And Haaland and Sancho would both be formidable alongside Marcus Rashford, who has taken his game to new heights this season.

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Kai Havertz

While United’s links to Havertz have admittedly been fleeting, Solskjaer is an admirer of the Bayer Leverkusen star.

And it’s easy to see why.

He’s already scored four times since the Bundesliga came back and has 10 goals to his name in the league, with five assists too.

If United were to snap up the Germany international he could take Bruno Fernandes’ place in the No 10 role.

The Portugal international could then drop deeper into midfield – taking Paul Pogba’s place with the midfielder of interest to Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Erling Haaland praised

Haaland didn’t score for Dortmund in their Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg on Saturday – but he was praised by ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop nonetheless.

“Erling Haaland is unique in what he does,” he said.

“His size, his strength, his pace, but as a goalkeeper I think his biggest asset is how quickly he hits the ball, with no backlift, and how clean he hits it.

“When he puts his foot on the ball, you know it’ll be something special.

“As a goalkeeper you have to find your position a whole lot sooner than you would ordinarily.

“You have to be prepared for everything that comes, because he doesn’t mis-hit.”

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Anthony Martial backed to leave Man Utd if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signs transfer replacement

Manchester United will allow Anthony Martial to leave the club if they sign a world-class replacement, reckons former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. Hislop says Martial has looked unhappy at United and would not be surprised if he wants to seek pastures new. The French forward is the Red Devils’ second-top scorer this season with 16 goals in all competitions.

Martial has played in a central striker role for the majority of the campaign following the departure of Romelu Lukaku last summer.

But despite the 24-year-old’s success, Hislop can see him pushing for a move if United strengthen in attack.

Two strikers linked with a move to United are Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

“I can see [Martial] departing Old Trafford,” Hislop told ESPN.

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“At times he’s cut a forlorn figure and not looked happy with his football.

“The challenge is, I don’t see why Manchester United let him go right now.

“Manchester United don’t have an awful lot of world-class talent in that dressing room and Martial is one of their brightest talents.

“So until you find a replacement for him, until you can pack that dressing room with players as good as or better than, I don’t see why you let him go.

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“It makes sense for Martial to look for an exit right now, it just doesn’t make sense for Manchester United and they’re holding the cards.”

Meanwhile, former United right-back Paul Parker insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead the club forward despite Mauricio Pochettino being available after his gardening leave at Tottenham ended.

“You talk about Pochettino, he’s been mentioned a lot of late,” Parker said on talkSPORT.

“I’ve seen today he’s doing something on TV, he’s about and people are trying to push him towards jobs.

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“You throw him in at Manchester United and it’s an easy one to do, to say Poch at a big club, something could happen.

“But we have to say that things at United have shown, with how they finished before this situation started, it would have suggested they would have been there until the last kick of the ball to get into the Champions League.

“They had turned around, [Solskjaer] had turned them around as a team, as a club, the whole place was definitely moving forward.

“So United at this moment are going forward, we’ll wait and see what happens when things start again, but if you’re judging it now it’s wrong that people are still trying to get that man [Solskjaer] out of that job.”

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Real Madrid chiefs considering shock Mauricio Pochettino move in blow to Newcastle

Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be Newcastle’s first-choice manager if their takeover is completed and Steve Bruce is sacked, but according to reports in France Real Madrid are ready to pounce and steal the Argentine boss from under the Magpies’ noses. Le10 Sport claims Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering sacking Zinedine Zidane and replacing him with Pochettino.

Pochettino’s future is currently up in the air after his gardening leave ended.

The 48-year-old was fired by Tottenham late last year, being replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Since then, he has been linked with a host of clubs, but it was reported that any Premier League club would have to pay Spurs in order to hire him before the end of the season.

Newcastle are apparently ready to hire him once their £300million takeover is completed, with Bruce set for the sack.

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But according to French outlet Le10 Sport, Madrid president Perez would consider sacking Zidane this summer and replacing him with Pochettino.

Zidane has only been back at the Bernabeu for a year, and there has been no indication that club chiefs are unhappy with him.

However, with Pochettino set to go off the market, Perez is reportedly keeping the idea in the back of his mind.

Perez would reportedly only pull the trigger on Zidane if he failed to win a trophy this season once play resumes.

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Madrid are currently second in La Liga, just a point behind Barcelona, and are still in the Champions League and Spanish cup.

Despite it being highly unlikely that Madrid would part ways with Zidane, it is seemingly a slight possibility that they could steal him from under Newcastle’s noses.

Speaking during the week, Pochettino spoke about his next move for the first time since leaving Spurs.

He insisted that he is ready to return to football, and declared that he wouldn’t have to coach a team in the top six, opening the door to Newcastle.

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“The problem is which club are top six? It always changes,” he said.

“Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six. You need to respect all the clubs.

“They are all working so hard, investing and spending money. They all assign a new strategy each season to reach the top four, top six or top eight.

“You cannot underestimate any person, any institute or any club. That is why the Premier League is one of the toughest – all the clubs have the capacity to find a way to be competitive.”

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Man Utd make surprising Samuel Umtiti transfer decision after Barcelona lower price

Manchester United have returned to the prospect of signing Samuel Umtiti after Barcelona lowered their asking price for the defender, reports say. And that will certainly surprise fans given how well the Red Devils’ current crop of centre-backs have fared in recent months. Umtiti has been on United’s radar for some time with interest dating back to when Jose Mourinho ruled the Old Trafford roost.

Manchester United’s centre-backs have impressed in recent times, helping the club go 11 matches unbeaten before the coronavirus crisis brought football to a halt.

Harry Maguire has started to look like a £80million defender, shining as club captain ever since replacing Ashley Young as skipper.

Victor Lindelof has been solid alongside the England international, producing his best performances since his 2017 arrival from Benfica.

Eric Bailly has stepped up following his injury.

And Axel Tuanzebe is highly-rated behind the scenes at Old Trafford, despite injury preventing him from realising his full potential.

Despite that, though, Catalan newspaper Sport say United are ready to go again for Umtiti – having bid previously for the 2018 World Cup winner.

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Mourinho was very much interested in signing the France international in 2018 but, ultimately, missed out.

Barcelona are looking to raise funds ahead of a summer spending spree, with the Catalan giants’ financial situation bleaker amid the coronavirus crisis.

They want to re-sign Neymar, three years after the Brazil international’s controversial move to PSG.

And Barcelona are also hoping to make Lautaro Martinez their replacement for Luis Suarez, who is approaching the twilight years of his career.

As a result, they’ve slashed Umtiti’s asking price to just £27m.

And United, it seems, are willing to go after the 26-year-old and finally bring him to Old Trafford after all these years.

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One problem may be, though, that Umtiti wants a pay rise from whoever decides to try and lure him away from the Nou Camp this summer.

And, given he’s spent the last few years being repeatedly struck down by injury, United may not bow down to his request.

Meanwhile, speaking earlier in the season, United legend Wes Brown hailed the club’s current crop of defenders for their improved displays.

“It has just started to click because they have been given time. Lindelof and Maguire have been brilliant,” he told Goal.

“It has taken time but that was always going to be the case and I think they have done well.

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“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is doing exactly what I thought he would do, he is a great defender and he’s improving all the time with his attacking skills.

“And then there’s [Luke] Shaw and [Brandon] Williams who have good competition between each other which is pushing them both on.

 “You’ve got [Eric] Bailly coming back now.

“He was brilliant against Chelsea and has had another couple of good performances so it will be interesting to see whether the manager gives him time to see what he would be like with Maguire.

“Having more players coming back is going to give some healthy competition at the back and I’m sure there’s going to be time to see different partnerships in the future.”

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Man Utd transfer target Jadon Sancho in ‘close contact’ with one player ahead of switch

Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho is in regular contact with Marcus Rashford ahead of a possible switch to Old Trafford this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add the England winger to his ranks as he looks to further improve his squad.

Sancho has been in sensational form this season, netting 17 goals and providing 19 assists in all competitions.

And BILD Head of Football Christian Falk has revealed Liverpool have never had any interest in the 20-year-old clearing the way for United to get a deal done.

The Red Devils have been chasing Sancho for months and have reportedly reserved the No. 7 shirt for the young star.

He told lfctransferroom: “So far we have no sign that Liverpool has ever had interest in Jadon Sancho, and if Jurgen Klopp really wanted to sign him, Dortmund would have already known that – Klopp would never try and bring a player from BVB without first contacting the German side.

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“Manchester United has been chasing him for months.

“He is good friends with Rashford and they keep close contact with one another.”

Falk also revealed he does not think Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer because of the amount the Bundesliga side want for their prized asset.

He explained: “It’s clear to me that you English fans highly rate Jadon Sancho.

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“No one at Dortmund I spoke to thinks he will be sold this summer.

“If an offer comes in over 100 million euros, his transfer will be considered.

“The fact is Sancho excites the Premier League, and he will continue to maintain their interest in him through 2021.”

United boss Solskjaer has a number of targets this summer with Sancho top of his list.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish and Birmingham youngster Jude Bellingham have also been linked.

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Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and Napoli powerhouse Kalidou Koulibaly are also on the shortlist of United as they look to close the gap on Liverpool.

The Red Devils currently sit in fifth in the Premier League and will look to leapfrog Chelsea into the top four if and when football returns.

At the moment everything is on hold due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

United know finishing in the top four and securing Champions League football next season could be key to them signing their top targets.

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Kai Havertz issued Eden Hazard transfer advice and given Premier League warning

Kai Havertz should snub any potential bids from Manchester United of Liverpool this summer, because he needs to bulk up and put on more muscle before he makes the move to the Premier League. That’s the opinion of former United forward Dimitar Berbatov, who believes that Chelsea would need to give the attacker time if they sign him as Eden Hazard’s replacement.

Havertz continues to be linked with a move to England.

The Bayer Leverkusen playmaker returned to action on Monday as the Bundesliga resumed after the coronavirus pandemic, and immediately made an impression.

He scored two headers in Leverkusen’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen, and put in a solid performance to pick up where he left off before the break.

The 20-year-old was likely being watched by multiple scouts, as he has been heavily tipped to move to the Premier League this summer.

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Chelsea, United and Liverpool have all been linked with the attacker, who is valued at £90million by Leverkusen.

But Berbatov thinks he needs to take some time before moving to England, because he would struggle to play against bigger defenders in England.

He explained in his Betfair column that if Chelsea make a move to sign him as a replacement for Hazard, they would need to be patient and give him time to adapt to the league.

Berbatov did, however, state that Havertz has the ability to succeed in the Premier League once he eventually heads to England.

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“He has enough quality and if he continues the way he is going teams will still be there, they won’t go away,” he wrote.

“All eyes are on the Bundesliga at the moment and when you score goals and play good football it is no surprise that teams like Liverpool want you.

“I would like to see Havertz in the Premier League at some point, but not right now.

“I think it is a bit too early for him, I want to see him play more games, score more goals and get more confidence and maturity.

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“I also think he will need a bit more muscle to play in the Premier League, we all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces and you need to be ready for that if you are going to hit the ground running in such a demanding league.

“I think he should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more and get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.

“I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.

“I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.”

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Man Utd likelihood of Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish transfers explained

Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish is still possible this summer after the club published their financial results, it has been claimed. The Red Devils have transfer interest in the Borussia Dortmund, Birmingham City and Aston Villa players. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to have the trio in his squad for next season.

Speaking earlier on Thursday, Manchester United chief Ed Woodward provided an update on the club’s financial situation amid the coronavirus crisis.

It was announced that the Red Devils’ debt had soared a gigantic 42 per cent to £429.1million, with losses for the last financial quarter amounting to £7.3m.

Revenue dropped 19 per cent year on year, too, while United’s expenditures remained high as a result of the club not using the UK Government’s furlough scheme throughout this time.

United are relaxed over the situation. The gross debt of the club is actually unchanged, not rising for the last five years.

They also put cash reserves being lower down to the fact they’re still paying off transfer deals for the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire.

And The Athletic say that, with the results out, United signing Sancho, Grealish and Bellingham is still possible.

The trio have been earmarked as Solskjaer’s preferred signings for the summer transfer window as the Norwegian eyes the Premier League title next term.

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Sancho has been backed to leave Borussia Dortmund for a fee in the region of £100million – even with the coronavirus crisis seeing player’s values fall.

Aston Villa want £60m for Grealish – but there’s a feeling he could go for less if Dean Smith’s side succumb to relegation.

And Bellingham has been tipped to leave Birmingham for a fee in the region of £30m. Borussia Dortmund are also keen on him.

United have focused on signing British talent ever since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager in December 2018.

Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire all joined from Swansea, Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively last summer.

And the trio have been good value for money in the time since.

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Meanwhile, Woodward shed more light on United’s financial situation when speaking on Thursday.

He said: “Our focus remains on the health and well-being of our colleagues, fans and partners around the world and we are extremely proud of how those connected to the club have responded during this crisis.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Manchester United and our Foundation have provided assistance to hospitals, charities and schools in our communities, as well as support for frontline workers and vulnerable fans.

“These actions reflect our core values as a club and the resilience through adversity that we have demonstrated many times throughout our long history and will do so again to weather these current challenges.

“In that spirit, we look forward to the team safely returning to the pitch and building on the exciting momentum that Ole and the players had previously achieved, while taking all necessary steps to protect public health.

“Our thoughts remain with all those affected during this unprecedented time.”

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Woodward also thinks football can return in June – but warned there may be some problems further down the road.

“While it is too soon to know with any certainty if, or when, these measures can fully be relaxed, we are optimistic that it will soon be possible to resume playing football,” he said.

“Our Men’s first team has begun a phased return to training this week, with rigorous medical protocols in place to manage risks.

“Subject to Government and Premier League shareholder approval, including input from medical staff and players, we anticipate domestic games could restart again in June. All indications from UEFA are that the culmination of the Europa League could be during August.

“We remain in constant dialogue with the Premier League, the FA and UEFA about the next steps towards returning to play, while continuing to protect the health of our players, staff and the wider public.

“We are encouraged by the return of the German Bundesliga which was the first major European league to restart last weekend, with the successful completion of nine matches, all played behind closed doors.”

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