As Manchester United prepare for the resumption of their Europa League campaign, with a second leg against LASK drawing ever closer, there’s still movement behind the scenes on their squad for next season.
The Red Devils will be keen to sort out the biggest ins and outs long before the October transfer deadline, ensuring they begin the 2020/21 campaign with something approaching the squad they want.
Here’s what the papers at home and abroad are saying about the Jadon Sancho transfer saga, as well as a couple of potential defensive ins and outs featuring players at opposite ends of their careers.
No Sancho movement as Dortmund stand firm
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund remain some way apart on the valuation of Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Germany.
Kicker (via Sport Witness) claims Ed Woodward is reluctant to be held to ransom on a deal and suggests Sancho himself is unlikely to force a move away, leaving the move in doubt unless something changes.
Dortmund still want €120million (£109m) for the England forward but United value the former Manchester City academy prospect at closer to €98m (£89m).
Kicker claims Woodward is keen to shake United’s reputation as a club that always pays out when selling teams demand high fees, with the backlash to the outlay on Harry Maguire and former Dortmund man Henrikh Mkhitaryan weighing heavy on the chief executive.
Vertonghen future decided ‘sooner rather than later’
Former Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is assessing his options as he decides on his next club, with Manchester United among those to have been mentioned in connection with the Belgian.
Vertonghen left Tottenham at the end of the Premier League season having spent eight years in north London, and is likely to have no shortage of offers.
While United have been mentioned as a potential destination if the veteran opts to stay in the Premier League, Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is also believed to be a fan.
Vertonghen has acknowledged the longer transfer window means there’s no rush when it comes to deciding his future, but he remains keen to act quickly.
When asked by TalkSport about his next club, Vertonghen said: “That will be out probably sooner rather than later.”
“I’ve got something in my head and we’ll see if that will come around or not,” he continued.
Dalot offered to Barcelona as United look to offload full-back
Diogo Dalot has fallen way down the pecking order at Old Trafford, so much so that the club might already be satisfied getting their money back on the Portuguese.
According to Mundo Deportivo, via the Manchester Evening News, Dalot has been offered to Barcelona and could be available for €17.4m (£15.8m) – more or less the amount United paid to sign him from Porto in 2018.
ESPN also report Barca have shown an interest in the player. The 21-year-old made his United debut under Jose Mourinho and also played a part in the memorable Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain last season, but has barely featured this term.
Dalot has just 11 appearances to his name in 2019/20, only four of them in the league, and his only minutes since English football returned in June came against Norwich City in the FA Cup quarter-final.
With Timothy Fosu-Mensah returning to the first-team set-up towards the end of the season, and with Aaron Wan-Bissaka entrenched as United’s regular right-back, Dalot’s time may be up.