Jadon Sancho has reportedly joined a Manchester United WhatsApp group – but is still waiting for his transfer paperwork to be delivered.
The Borussia Dortmund winger, 20, is expected to make his switch back to England this summer in a record-breaking deal.
Manchester United are closing in on a £108million move which would make him the Premier League’s most expensive player.
But while personal terms are thought to be agreed for a four-year, £220,000-a-week contract, the final formalities between United and Dortmund need ironing out before anything is signed.
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Dortmund were hoping to get it all sorted one way or another by Monday when they head off for pre-season but that United look unlikely to meet that deadline.
Even so, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry, Sancho has been added into a players’ chat with some of the Red Devils stars.
Speaking on The Transfer Window Podcast, he said: “Manchester United are comfortable at this moment in time that they’re not in any competition for the signature of Jadon Sancho.
“They don’t believe they’re going to be gazumped any no other club because no other club has expressed the same level of interest.
“They’re also very confident the player wants to come to Old Trafford.
“He has been in constant touch with England international colleagues who currently play for Manchester United and indeed in daily contact with them.
“It’s even believed he’s on a WhatsApp group with some of the Manchester United players as well.
“Therefore United are very comfortable with their position, they believe that Dortmund will come round to the structure that they’ve suggested.”
LEEDS TARGET YOUNG GUN
Leeds United are eyeing up a £15million move for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson – but face competition from Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
The 23-year-old has returned to Anfield after a season’s loan at Bournemouth but faces a fight to break into Jurgen Klopp’s title-winning team, despite finishing the season as the Cherries’ second top scorer.
Wilson made a sensational start at the Vitality Stadium, scoring in each of his first two games for his new club and by the end of November he had scored six goals in 13 Premier League games, to make him one of the most prolific wingers in the country.
However as Bournemouth’s form dipped alarmingly, Wilson became more and more of a peripheral figure and he only scored one more goal all season.
Now Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa wants the Kop kid to show he is capable of more and wants him to strengthen Leeds squad now they are back in the big time.
Liverpool hold all the aces but know they will struggle to find a buyer at the £30m they were asking for Wilson last summer, following brilliant loan spells with Hull City and Derby County.
Leeds could chance their luck with an offer around half that but with Wilson contracted to the Anfield club until 2023, Klopp may decide to see how the winger fares on loan again.
‘FOR THE BEST’
Lucas Torreira has fuelled rumours of his potential summer departure from Arsenal in an interview in Uruguay.
The out-of-favour Gunners star claims he will respect his contract but reckons a move “will be for the best”.
Speaking to Sport 890 in his homeland, Torreira said: “Today I need to think about my future very well.
“I have a contract with the club and I have to respect it, obviously if I have to leave it will be for the best.
“We have to be calm and wait.”
The Telegraph claim Milan, who finished sixth in Italy’s top football league, are leading the race for the Uruguayan’s signature should Arsenal opt to sell.
Reports suggest that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could be willing to allow the Uruguay star to leave the Emirates for pastures new.
The midfield is an area the FA Cup winners are keen to strengthen ahead of next season, with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey their top target.
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