Manchester United still are not giving up on their $200 million chase of Jadon Sancho but one former club legend is less than impressed.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are looking to protect themselves as six clubs eye a rising star and Chelsea are close to confirming their eighth signing of the summer.
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While Borussia Dortmund are adamant that any wiggle room for a Jadon Sancho deal is over, he is still understood to be Manchester United’s top transfer target.
That is according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth who said that negotiations are still ongoing with their $200 million man.
“If you take what Borussia Dortmund are saying on face value – there is no deal. They set their own deadline and have said he’s staying. That’s the end, that’s final,” he said on The Transfer Show.
“I don’t think Man United feel that it is final. They are still negotiating with Sancho’s representatives about personal terms and agent fees.
“Once they have done that, they will go to Dortmund with a bid and hopefully see him agitate for a move to United.
“As far as Man United are concerned, he remains the No 1 target – they do want to bring Jadon Sancho to the club – I don’t think that it is completely dead.”
But former United captain Gary Neville has slammed his former side for their approach to the transfer market, saying they come off “desperate.”
“Chelsea got their business done, City have got three or four pieces done. I don’t think timing’s the issue,” he told PA Sport.
“It’s just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.
“That’s been the frustration with Sancho.
“The fact that it’s dragged on. Just say to Dortmund ‘leave him there’ and go get another player.
“There are plenty of players around, there can’t be just one player you’re chasing.
“It is frustrating but I do think United have been better in these last couple of seasons, more careful and not making mistakes either.
“If you can’t get a deal done (for Sancho) you have to move on. You certainly have to give hard deadlines on players.”
Liverpool will insert a buy-back clause into any deal to sign Rhian Brewster, according to reports.
Game time looks difficult to come by for the 20-year-old, who has to compete with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
And Jurgen Klopp could look to raise funds for a late window purchase through the sale of Brewster.
But the Reds clearly value him a lot and do not want to cut ties completely, with the buy-back clause opening the door to a return in the future, say Sky Sports.
Brewster spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea and helped them reach the Championship play-off semi-finals.
He scored 11 goals in 22 games for Steve Cooper’s side – and Villa like the look of him so much they have inquired about a permanent deal.
Sheffield United – who have just brought in Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu – also approached Liverpool with offers to take the England Under-21 attacker either in a big money deal or as a season-long loan.
Brewster, who won the 2017 World Cup with England U17s, was wanted by as many as six Premier League clubs.
Burnley, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Fulham are all reported to have contacted Brewster’s people in addition to Villa and Newcastle.
However, Villa are now frantic in their hunt after missing out on Callum Wilson to Newcastle in a $36 million move.
Smith’s side have also hit brick walls in their pursuits for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.
Brewster might cost around $36 million in all, a fee that Villa would pay along with their rivals for his promising talents.
Chelsea are closing in on their eighth signing of the summer period.
Edouard Mendy was linked earlier in the week with a move from Rennes to the Blues estimated to be worth around $45 million.
Now, teammates have confirmed the interest from Mendy and while reluctant to see him leave are happy he is getting an opportunity.
“We are a little selfish, we don’t want to lose Edouard Mendy but it’s part of football and the transfer market,” Rennes captain Damien Da Silva told Telefoot.
“He’s a great goalkeeper who deserves what happens to him.”
Mendy would add to an extensive list of new arrivals at Stamford Bridge this summer after Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr all signed on.
He is seen as a possible replacement for the underperforming Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been struggling in the net.
“Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,” said Petr Cech.
“But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.
“Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now.”