As funny as it would be for Man United to head into this summer needing a centre-half and right-sided forward, ending it instead with two more central midfielders, it seems unlikely that their ‘surprise enquiry’ for N’Golo Kante will reap any particular reward.

While Chelsea ‘are prepared to allow Kante to leave for the right offer,’ the Daily Mirror stress that the player himself is ‘reluctant’ to move as it would involve ‘taking a big cut’ on his current earnings.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains ‘a long-time admirer’ of the 29-year-old regardless, as he feels that a player everyone is contractually obliged to describe as diminutive would ‘add extra muscle’ to his midfield. He really is the Roy Keane figure they’ve been missing for two decades.

Man United seem hamstrung more than most by their inability to offload squad players, so news of interest in two will come as a boost.

Lazio are said to be targeting both Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata. The former link came straight from here we go merchant Fabrizio Romano. The origin of the latter is quite difficult to actually place. But once one outlet has reported it that makes it fair game, right?

Lazio have opened talks with Manchester United to sign Andreas Pereira. He’s considered as an ‘option’, negotiations with #MUFC have just started. 🔴 @SkySport #transfers

The Pereira deal would involve ‘a loan with buy option,’ to which Man United are ‘open’. But a potential obstacle would be who takes the bigger share of his wages.

Now find a buyer for Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo and we are golden.

All this transfer business at Old Trafford doesn’t feel right without a forlorn mention of Jadon Sancho, who is clearly quite happy at Borussia Dortmund and has three years left on his contract. Forget that, because Man United are ‘preparing a bid’ that amounts to around £90m.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that is still £18m short of Dortmund’s valuation, not to mention about seven weeks after the German club’s deadline to sell the winger expired. But Dagbladet are steadfast in their belief that ‘negotiations’ have been ongoing and Man United ‘still believe that there are both opportunities and time left’ to secure their priority signing.

They are wrong, of course. But Solskjaer ‘expects the transfer to go smoothly’ and Sancho ‘wants to join’. He must have a penalty fetish.

“If you sign Jadon Sancho, I think you still have the same problems as last season.”

The Red Devils have only signed Donny Van De Beek so far this summer.

Jadon Sancho says England teammate Marcus Rashford is the most skilful individual he has played with…

The Arsenal hero has urged Man Utd to push ahead to sign these two players…

Manchester United have a hat-trick of pretty terrible ‘warnings’. And Liverpool’s ‘boys’ impressed.

Ed Woodward has a ‘generous’ final offer to make for Jadon Sancho, while Arsenal are keen on Chelsea’s captain…

Who will blink first when it comes to Manchester United and Chelsea for Mauricio Pochettino?

Thiago could be the key for Liverpool, who perhaps should be worried by a pragmatic Arsenal.

James Rodriguez is showing Everton why their money was better spent on him than Troy Deeney…

Richarlison has entirely justified Everton’s decision to reject £85m from Barcelona earlier this year.

It does feel as though there are more than three points at stake between Liverpool and Arsenal.


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