Manchester United chiefs Ed Woodward and Matt Judge deem Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz too expensive, reports say. The Germany international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford. But Chelsea are now set to sign the 21-year-old instead with Frank Lampard determined to land his man in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United and Chelsea both have Champions League football to attract top players with now after securing their place in the competition on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils beat Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to book their slot in the tournament, with Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard on target.
Chelsea, meanwhile, cruised past Wolves courtesy of goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud.
Yet The Athletic say United won’t be going for Havertz, with both Woodward and Judge deeming the 21-year-old to be too expensive at £90million.
Their loss is expected to be Chelsea’s gain, though.
The Blues are in pole position to land the 21-year-old with Lampard believing the German can coax the best from Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech at Stamford Bridge.
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And the Norwegian confirmed on Sunday that he’d given the club’s board a list of players he’d like to sign.
“Well that’s another part of Champions League – financial gain, but that’s not in my head,” he said.
“The club know what I feel we need and we’re going to try to pursue it and let’s see where we end up.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has previously urged United to sign Sancho – as well as two defenders.
“If Man Utd want you, you know at some stage – especially what City and Liverpool’s doing – that Man United will be back,” he said on the Kelly & Wright Show.
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“If you are one of the players who can help them come back, like these players have helped turn it around in the last five or six months then Man United are going to go to those places where they’ve been before.
“It is important who they buy now.
“I think a defender is needed, maybe a left-back.
“I’d still go for Sancho if I could, depending on what that will cost, because you still need a calibre of player who will be challenging, not just teams in this league, but Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“You want the best you can possibly get to keep the fight in that squad and to keep them trying to achieve.”
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