Borussia Dortmund have issued a warning to Manchester United and other potential suitors for teenage sensation Jadon Sancho.
The 18-year-old’s performances for the Black and Yellow have caught the eye of several of Europe’s leading clubs, including those back in his native England, which he left in 2017 having graduated from the Manchester City academy.
United have been linked with an £80 million move for the Englishman as they bid to solve a long-standing lack of depth at right wing, but Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says the club are not planning on selling their young star.
“I’m far from putting a price tag on Jadon, but I will say that, even for the biggest club in the world, his transfer would be difficult right now,” Zorc told Sport Bild.
“Jadon will play at Dortmund next season and we are definitely planning with him.”
Sancho has scored eight goals and bagged 10 assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances this season, with his form one of the driving forces behind Dortmund’s challenge for a first league title since 2012. He’s also scored once and assisted one more in the Champions League, where the side were knocked out at the round of 16 by Tottenham.
The teenager also made his England debut earlier this season, earning his first cap in the national team’s 0-0 draw with Croatia on October 12, before making his full debut a month later with a start in a friendly against the United States.
With an ongoing dispute between the player and Inter over a new contract having seen Icardi benched and stripped of the club captaincy, there is a growing likelihood that the Argentina international is on his way out of Milan, with Madrid having been mooted as a potential destination.
According to the report, the La Liga club made contact with Icardi’s camp on Monday, the same day Zinedine Zidane returned to take over as manager, a possible indication that the Frenchman has identified Icardi as a summer transfer target.
Though Zidane refused to confirm what he had discussed with the Los Blancos hierarchy, it is expected that he has been promised the authority to make changes to the squad, along with a sizable transfer kitty, in order to convince him to return to the job he resigned from only last summer.
Zidane has a good relationship with compatriot Karim Benzema, Madrid’s incumbent No. 9, but though the Frenchman is having a prolific season, the club have struggled for goals since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last July, and thus are looking for reinforcements up front.
The 26-year-old Icardi is being viewed as a long-term option at striker by Madrid as well as several other leading European clubs, with Inter’s Serie A rivals Napoli and Juventus also said to be monitoring the Argentine’s situation at his current club.
Napoli have reportedly offered Icardi €9 million per season, plus €2m in bonuses.
Real Madrid are targeting Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as part of a summer spending spree, the Mirror claims.
Returning boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be a huge admirer of the 27-year-old, who will only have 12 months left on his contract this summer.
The paper adds that Spurs are keen to keep him, but know that if he does not commit to a new deal, they might have to cash in rather than lose him on a free transfer after next season.
Manchester United are reportedly set to press ahead with an £80million move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho this summer.
The Independent claims the midfielder is now one of United’s main targets, although Dortmund are said to be keen to keep him.
The same paper also says the Old Trafford club are unlikely to move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.
There are fears Andy Carroll’s career at West Ham could be over, the Daily Mirror reports.
The 30-year-old’s ankle injury has prompted concerns he could be out for the rest of the season, which, with his current contract due to expire in the summer, could end the striker’s hopes of getting a new deal, the paper says.
In other West Ham news, the club are set to return for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez in the summer as a potential replacement for Carroll, according to the Mirror.
The Hammers were rejected when they made an approach for the 22-year-old in January, but could land him for a cut-price fee if Celta are relegated, the paper says.
Ones to watch
Recoe Martin: Newcastle and Southampton are eyeing up the MK Dons teenager who has been compared to Dele Alli, the Daily Mirror says. The Premier League clubs are closely monitoring the 18-year-old, who has impressed at youth level for the League Two club, the paper claims.
Mo Diame: Crystal Palace and Brighton are among a host of European clubs interested in signing the 31-year-old Newcastle midfielder, the Daily Star reports.
Turkish giants Besiktas and Galatasaray, as well as clubs in Italy and Spain, are also said to be monitoring developments, with the Senegal international’s contract set to expire in the summer.