Paper Round: Sancho transfer to United to spark Dortmund move for Hudson-Odoi
Manchester United will sign Jadon Sancho and sell Alexis Sanchez, meaning Callum Hudson-Odoi could move to Borussia Dortmund, and Alberto Moreno will leave.
Sancho free to join United
Manchester City did not put any obstructive clause in the transfer agreement for Jadon Sancho’s move to Borussia Dortmund, which could have hindered Manchester United’s pursuit for the 18-year-old England international. For Brahim Diaz’s move to Real Madrid, the Evening Standard report that they put 40% sell-on clause for any sale to a Manchester-based club, but no such clause is in the deal for Sancho. It is reported that United will attract the attention of the Bundesliga club with a "bid in excess of £80 million".
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Paper Round’s view: It would be common sense to try and stiff your immediate rivals in whatever way is available to you, and that seems to be what City have done with Diaz. However, the idea that a club can control another person’s future after they have sold him does seem both distasteful and against the spirit of letting another player go elsewhere to continue their career.
Sancho could spark Hudson-Odoi transfer
The Mirror thinks that the asking price for Sancho will be closer to £100 million, but does not predict that will get in the way of any transfer this summer. That would kick off another potential transfer, with Borussia Dortmund expected to make a move for Callum Hudson-Odoi if Chelsea fail to tie him down to a new deal. Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig will also compete for the 18-year-old winger.
Paper Round’s view: Sancho’s return seems to be a matter of time, with his destination already sorted. The problem then moves to Chelsea, who are facing a transfer ban and can't afford to lose Hudson-Odoi when Willian and Pedro are both coming towards the end of their career. If Maurizio Sarri gave him regular minutes on the pitch they could yet convince him to stay in the Premier League.
Moreno set for Lazio transfer
Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno is on the cusp of agreeing a free transfer move to Lazio, the Independent reports. The 26-year-old Spaniard’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and he has had an offer from Real Betis to return to Andalusia. There was interest from Roma while Monchi was there as a director, but his departure to Sevilla - Moreno’s former club - has put paid to that possibility.
Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action with Sevilla's MarianoReuters
Paper Round’s view: Liverpool have no need for Moreno because he is simply not good enough to play regularly in a top four Premier League side, and the only reason to keep him would be if he was happy to play as a back-up. At 26, that seems a waste of a career for Moreno so moving to one of the biggest clubs in Italy is probably more appealling.
Solskjaer wants rid of Sanchez
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been making plans for the summer, regardless of whether he stays on at Manchester United on a permanent deal or not. He has told Ed Woodward that he wants to sell three players in the squad: captain Antonio Valencia, former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, and Marcos Rojo.
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Paper Round’s view: Sanchez has completely failed at United and while he might not be entirely to blame, giving him a chance elsewhere is the right option. Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo have never convinced in defence and their wages could be used with younger players who have more potential. This, though, should be just the start when it comes to culling the deadwood.