Man Utd enquire about Championship star, Tottenham close to signing centre-back and more transfer news


After failing in the pursuit of their top transfer target Jadon Sancho, Manchester United have now turned their attentions to the Senegal international.

Manchester United have enquired Watford about the availability of Senegal international Ismaila Sarr, according to Sky Sports.

The Red Devils initially wanted to bring in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund but turned their attentions away from the 20-year-old England international after Dortmund rejected their €100m bid for the in-demand forward.

Dortmund valued Sancho at €120m and were prepared to keep him for one more season if their valuation of the Englishman wasn’t met. And it seems that the Bundesliga outfit’s stubborn stance regarding Sancho have forced United to turn to Sarr.

The 22-year-old was previously on the transfer radar of Liverpool who then ended up signing Diogo Jota from Wolves in a 43m deal. Watford are amenable to the idea of Sarr leaving the club but only if any club decides to meet their 40m valuation of the pacey-winger.

Man Utd make decision on Sarr transfer
Sarr was previously on the transfer radar of Liverpool (Image Copyright: imago images / COLORSPORT / ANDREW COWIE)

Top News 2: Tottenham close to signing Swansea City centre-back

Gareth Bale wants Tottenham to sign Joe Rodon
(Image Copyright: imago images / Action Plus / PaulxJenkins)

Jose Mourinho’s side were initially after Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar but were unable to sign the Slovakian after Inter refused to budge on their €60m valuation of the 25-year-old.

Tottenham Hotspur are close to securing the signature of Swansea City centre-back Joe Rodon in a deal worth £18m, per Sky Sports.

His potential arrival at the North London club would mean that Spurs have signed seven players on loan or permanently in the summer transfer window.

Spurs have already brought in Carlos Vinicius from Benfica, Pierre-Emile Hojberg from Southampton, Matt Doherty from Wolves, and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid. They have also signed Gareth Bale on loan, paid €32m to Real Betis for Giovani Lo Celso and brought in Joe Hart on a free transfer.

Jose Mourinho is keen on bringing in a new centre-back after seeing Spurs fail in their attempts to sign Skriniar, which is why Tottenham have swooped in for Rodon who retains a longstanding interest in his services from fellow London outfit West Ham.

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Top News 3: Why Premier League clubs are finding it difficult to offload unwanted players?

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Dele Alli has been linked with a loan move to PSG (Image Copyright: imago images / PA Images / xJohnxWaltonx )

Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have all found it difficult to offload players that are way down the pecking order at their respective clubs.

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Premier League clubs to offload unwanted stars, as Liverpool’s inability to find potential buyers for Marko Grujic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson makes clear.

None of the three players are in the form or have the stature that could allow them to sneak into the Liverpool starting XI on a permanent basis this season. Yet Jurgen Klopp would be forced to include him in his matchday plans going forward.

Similar is the case with Tottenham. Jose Mourinho’s side have been busy in the transfer market this summer – spending over €100m on new signings – but they too have struggled when it comes to offloading stars like Delle Alli and Serge Aurier which the club put up for transfer earlier in the summer.

There remains the possibility that with the transfer window between Premier League and EFL clubs not closing until October 16, some of the players might leave. But the financial impact  of COVID-19 combined with the big salaries of Premier League cast-offs mean that even some of the best-managed Championship clubs might not be able to afford those players on their payrolls.

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