England superstar Jadon Sancho has moved to the brink of a blockbuster Manchester United move after reportedly undergoing his medical assessment.
Meanwhile one Chelsea striker is heading out the exit door, but the club faces ‘Mission Impossible’ to sign their top target to replace him – and it could see them move for a Barcelona exile.
All that and more in the latest Rumour Mill!
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SANCHO SET FOR MOVE
England star Jadon Sancho could be a Manchester United player within hours.
The 21-year-old, who missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 Final shootout, completed his medical at United’s Carrington training base.
The player has already agreed on personal terms, per widespread reports.
United will pay Borussia Dortmund £73m ($A135m) – significantly lower than the £108m price tag the German club slapped on the rising talent last year.
Sancho has 50 goals in 137 appearances for Dortmund.
Meanwhile United remain in negotiations with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane over a potential move, though Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt for the 28-year-old France international.
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CHELSEA’S ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE’
Borussia Dortmund’s sale of Sancho has put the club in a strong bargaining position when it comes to the supremely talented Erling Braut Haaland.
The 20-year-old bagged 48 goals in 51 games for club and country last season, reinforcing his status as one of the most in-demand players in the world.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid are among the list of clubs who have reportedly been in negotiations with Dortmund over a deal for the Norwegian.
Haaland’s contract includes a £70m release clause that can be activated at the conclusion of the upcoming campaign – but prising him from the Bundesliga side this off-season will prove a much more difficult – and expensive – prospect.
Now a Sky Sports source has claimed the deal is ‘mission impossible’ for the Blues.
“Chelsea are trying but it is going to be very difficult,” he said. “At the moment it looks like mission impossible. It is unlikely but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.”
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc recently insisted the club intends to keep Haaland on their books this campaign, saying: “We are planning firmly with Erling for the new season.”
Chelsea has also been strongly linked to Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham’s Harry Kane, both of whom impressed during the Euro 2020 tournament for Belgium and England respectively.
Lukaku has said he is happy to remain at Inter Milan after a stellar season in Italy, while Spurs are desperate to hold onto Kane – especially given the Blues are direct Premier League rivals.
But a left-field option could reinforce the reigning Champions League winners.
Barcelona are in dire need of offloading players to reduce their expenditure as they bring in stars like Sergio Aguero and attempt to re-sign the great Lionel Messi.
And that could see Antoine Griezmann shipped out from the Camp Nou, according to multiple reports from Spanish outlets.
Since moving to Barcelona in 2019, Greizmann has notched just 35 goals in 99 appearances, an underwhelming result given his £107 million transfer fee.
The 30-year-old has fallen out of favour with the Blaugrana and looks set to depart. But recouping a significant amount of their substantial investment appears impossible, leading Spanish papers to claim that a loan deal to Chelsea is likely.
His former club, Atletico Madrid, are also interested. But after Barcelona’s decision to allow Luis Suarez to return to Madrid last season backfired in spectacular fashion – costing them another La Liga trophy – there appears little desire among the Catalan giants to risk a repeat of that embarrassing misstep.
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GIROUD SET FOR ITALY MOVE
French centre-forward Olivier Giroud, currently at Chelsea, is close to signing a two-year contract with AC Milan, Italian media reported on Tuesday.
“Giroud is expected to be in Italy on Thursday to undergo medicals and sign the contract,” wrote Sky Sport on its website.
The daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport, reported that the deal will be worth three million euros per season to Giroud while Chelsea will receive a one-million-euro transfer fee.
It wrote that AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli is “eagerly awaiting his arrival” of the 34-year-old, as the team’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 39 and underwent knee surgery in Rome in June, “is still uncertain” for the coming season.