Sancho edges closer to Man United deal; Man City prepared to miss out on Kane this year
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The highly-rated 21-year-old, who has so far only played a meagre eight minutes in England’s Euro 2020 campaign, has reportedly agreed terms for a five-year deal with the Red Devils, having had the better part of two years to negotiate a deal.
It is understood that Sancho, who has scored 50 goals in 137 games for Dortmund so far, will earn a whopping £350,000 a week if he joins United.
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The only complication, however, appears to be United’s unwillingness to meet Dortmund’s reported £77m (S$144m) asking price for Sancho. Instead, the Old Trafford outfit are trying to get the deal done for £72m (S$134.5m) – an amount that the Glazers can easily rustle up by rummaging through the back of their sofa for loose change.
Sancho came close to joining United last summer, but the Manchester club’s chief executive Ed Woodward hemmed and hawed for far too long, which naturally p*ssed Dortmund off, leading to the deal to be canned.
Now, though, with Woodward set to depart United, it appears the move to bring Sancho to the Premier League (EPL) runners-up can go ahead without a hitch.
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But while one Manchester club is set to land their transfer target, another is likely to miss out on theirs.
Newly-crowned EPL champions Manchester City are reportedly prepared to give up on signing Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane this summer, and will instead will till the next summer transfer window to try and prise the England captain to the Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are understood to be frustrated at the unwillingness of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to budge on his absurd £150 million (S$280m) valuation of last season’s EPL top scorer.
Kane, who signed a long-term extension to his contract in 2016 in the mistaken belief that Spurs were actually going to win a trophy soon, still has three years left on his current deal.
The 27-year-old is believed to be keen to move to City so he can find out for himself what the feeling of winning is like. Levy, however, is well-known to be a hard-nosed negotiator, and will be determined not to let something as trifle as the reported £100 million City have offered for Kane change his mind.
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Or maybe Levy just does not have the time to entertain bids for his players at the moment, seeing as how he has been kept busy this past month answering phone calls from a slew of managers telling him “No, I will not be taking the Spurs job as I intend to win trophies.”
Should City fail in their bid for Kane, they could turn their attention to Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. Should even that fail, then Pep Guardiola will have no choice but to rely on Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling as his unorthodox strikers for the season.