Manchester United eyeing Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele
United still believe there is a chance to sign Sancho before the transfer deadline, a sentiment shared by representatives for the 20-year-old.
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But with a valuation gap still to be closed, United are interested in a short-term deal for Dembele – which cost Borussia Dortmund £ 135million in 2017 – to ensure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the winger that he asked for in early summer.
Sources told ESPN that United have yet to make formal contact with Barcelona, but it looks like a deal is possible as the Spanish giants want to raise money to finance a bid for Lyon. Memphis depay.
Juventus Douglas costa, Inter Milan Ivan Perisic and that of Watford Ismaila Sarr are also being explored as alternatives to Sancho. Sancho was left out of the Borussia Dortmund squad for his Super Clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday due to respiratory issues.
United remain reluctant to abide by Dortmund’s € 120million valuation for the England winger amid the financial uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dortmund, meanwhile, insist Sancho will stay at least another year as their August 10 deadline has now passed, although that message has not been released to United.
Meanwhile, the midfielder Andreas Pereira is set to seal a loan at Lazio. The Italian team have an option to buy next summer and will pay all of Pereira’s salaries this season.
United were also offered the opportunity to sign Edinson Cavani. The 33-year-old striker is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
And sources also said talks with Porto on the left-back Alex Such are in class.