Manchester United are on the verge of making a statement signing by completing a deal to take Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford but Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia will have the perfect response by finalising her move for Kai Havertz.
All of the talk this transfer window has been surrounding United and if they can match Borussia Dortmund’s valuation of Sancho.
The Bundesliga side are demanding over £100million which the Red Devils are set to meet via a series of instalments and add-ons.
Pressure will be on Sancho to perform instantly because of his blistering form with Dortmund.
The 20-year-old’s return to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City, is expected to help United become the closest challengers to Liverpool and City.
But Chelsea chief Granovskaia has plans to throw her side into the mix and is sitting on the perfect response to Sancho’s impending move.
The Blues have been in deep negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen regarding the transfer of Havertz.
The 21-year-old has told his club that he wants to move on because they missed out on the Champions League places.
Leverkusen value the versatile midfielder at £90m – which is £20m more than Chelsea are willing to pay – but the clubs are edging closer to a move.
Seeing United strike a deal for Sancho could trigger Granovskaia into raising her bid and proving the west Londoners are once again a force to be reckoned with.
Chelsea’s business in the market will not be done there as they are also on the hunt for defensive reinforcements.
Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell has been made the top target in that position but the Foxes are demanding £80m.
A replacement for out-of-form goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is sought after – as is a new centre-half.