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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward identifies cheaper Jadon Sancho transfer alternative



Manchester United are hoping to land Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer, however, the club are looking at alternative signings. Manchester United have identified Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi as a Jadon Sancho alternative ahead of the summer transfer window.


United chief Ed Woodward and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are desperate to land Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho this summer. The German giants set their asking price for the England international at £100m.

However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could see Sancho move for a cheaper fee. United are ready to offer Sancho the No. 7 shirt at Old Trafford to tempt him to complete the switch.

Ed Woodward

Despite United going all out for Sancho, Italian newspaper Tuttosport say Woodward and co are looking at alternatives to the 20-year-old.They claim Juventus’ Bernardeschi is an option for the Red Devils.

Italy international Bernardeschi would be a cheaper option for United in the summer transfer window. It’s claimed Juventus would be willing to sell the forward for around £30m.

Bernardeschi, 26, has made 24 appearances for the Italian side this season, netting just one goal. A lot has been made of United’s interest in Sancho, with England boss Gareth Southgate hinting the winger may need to return to the Premier League to develop.

Jando Sancho

Southgate said: “He’s a very talented young player, that’s clear. The Bundesliga has a huge profile at the moment because it’s the only football being played that we’re able to watch, it’s no surprise to us that.

“I think it’s clear Bayern Munich are the best team in the league. You’ve then got Leipzig and Dortmund who perform well but the gap as you work down the league is an interesting one to compare to the Premier League.

“The level is not quite the same. I think the top teams, the matches at Champions League, when the English teams have played the top German teams have been a good challenge.

“The depth of the league isn’t the same, the finances of the league aren’t the same. Our smallest teams can compete with some historical big hitters like Ajax. “Our smallest teams have been able to compete and sign players for higher value than those clubs.

Jadon Sancho

“Any step is going to be a big challenge but he’s developing really well when you look at his age, what his contribution is, he’s learning the game, he’s maturing.

“He’s got some fantastic role models in Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford to look at. “Not just in how they play but their professionalism, their hunger, they’re brilliant role models for Jadon to be working with us.”

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training



Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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