Man United offer made as Germans open up, Shock £142m message sent, Powerhouse sends Man United message ahead of January window
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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed the club did receive an approach from an unnamed European giant for Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.
The 19-year-old England international, who left Manchester City to join the Bundesliga outfit in 2017, emerged as a top summer target for United, but Dortmund refused to sell and United were not prepared to pay such a big amount for the youngster.
The lad is a creative force and was one of the top assist players in Europe last season, and considering United are in need of adding some much needed excitement, goals and creativity on the wings, the lad is growing into their perfect signing.
And despite not admitting who the club were, Watzke has admitted that there was an offer arrive during the summer transfer window, with many believing that United were that club.
“A chief of one of the super clubs asked me if there was a chance [to sign him],” Watzke told Ruhr Nachrichten.
“I told him he should forget about it and he never contacted me again.”
Yes he still has a lot to prove in the game to warrant that £100 million price tag and yes the Red Devils will have to beat off a number of top clubs to nail down his signature, but if they were able to acquire the services of the young man they would be signing one of the best wingers in Europe right now.
Former Arsenal hero Nigel Winterburn has claimed that Manchester United target and Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho would have been a terrific signing for the club during the summer.
Coutinho made a name for himself at Liverpool as one of the best creative midfielders in the game and Barcelona were determined to acquire his services as the long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta.
However, his move to the Camp Nou has not gone down as well as many had hoped and after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann, he has fallen well down the pecking order, meaning the likes of United are interested in a potential deal.
But there was some shock transfer talk on deadline day that the Gunners made a last-ditched attempt to bring him back to the Premier League on a loan-basis, but they couldn’t strike a deal as reports suggested that Barcelona wanted £40 million to loan the Brazilian.
However, Arsenal hero Winterburn says the Gunners were never likely to sign the former Liverpool ace, but he would have bee a great signing for the club.
“I don’t consider Arsenal missing out on Coutinho as a blow because I don’t think that it was ever realistic,” he told SportingBet.
“Some of the figures that were bandied about, I’ve read that the deal could be worth up to £40 million, would have been an incredible investment from Arsenal for a loan deal and something that just cannot happen.
“He’s a terrific player, I think he would enhance most squads, but I don’t see it as a missed opportunity, because I was never convinced it was an option.”
Defender Issa Diop insists he is committed to West Ham after Manchester United attempted to sign him during the summer transfer window.
United were in the market for some new defenders during the summer transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to improve the back-line and the Red Devils eventually signed up Aaron Wan-Bassika and Harry Maguire
But there was some speculation in the media that United were prepared to make a move for powerhouse Diop, who has impressed for the Hammers over the past few seasons and has become one of the most dominant players in the Premier League.
And even though United could not complete a deal for Diop during the summer, there has been some talk that United could make a move during the January transfer window, as Solskjaer still needs a partner for record-breaker Maguire.
However, Diop has now come out and stated that he is fully committed to the Hammers, telling France Football: ‘Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression,’
‘It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus. It’s up to me to work. That’s how I see things.
‘All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come. Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it.
‘West Ham, for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere, it’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities.’
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