Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tracking highly rated Sporting Lisbon full-back
According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Manchester United are believed to be tracking Sporting Lisbon full-back and highly rated 18 year old Nuno Mendes. It is believed the youngster has a £40m release clause fee which has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.
Manchester United are believed to be in the market this summer for a left-back to add depth to a position which currently sees the injured Luke Shaw as first choice and inexperienced youngster Brandon Williams as back-up.
Mendes joined the Sporting Lisbon academy ranks for just £680 in 2015, according to The Express. The Portuguese side now look set to make a monumental return on investment from their youth product with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Italian giants Juventus all closely tracking the young star.
Manchester City close to completing £35m Nathan Ake deal in blow to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Bournemouth captain Nathan Ake is set to join Manchester City in a deal worth up to £35million once the season is completed.
The former Chelsea ace is expected to leave the Cherries this summer regardless of whether they can manage to survive relegation to the Championship.
The 25-year-old has impressed on the south coast since completing an £18m move from Chelsea in 2017 and a host of top clubs are searching for centre-backs this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was seen tapping up the Dutchman following Manchester United’s 5-2 win against Bournemouth, telling the defender that he was on the look-out for a left-sided centre-back.
However, according to the Guardian, City have won the race for Ake and he will complete a £35m move to the blue side of Manchester once the season is completed.
Guardiola is keen to overhaul his defence after a leaky season that saw City surrender their Premier League crown to Liverpool.
John Stones could depart as the England star has lost his place at the Etihad.
Arsenal are interested in the former Everton defender but they’d be unwilling to meet City’s £30m valuation of the centre-back.
City remain keen on signing another defender once Ake is through the door and Napoli ace Kalidou Koulibaly is a priority.
Southampton set to announce signing of£10.9m Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu
Southampton are set to complete the £10.9million signing of Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu.
The 21-year-old central defender is expected to sign a four-year contract after the Saints met his release clause.
Manchester United and West Ham have been linked with the Ghanaian - but the prospect of regular football at St Mary's is believed to have played a key role in Salisu's decision.
Salisu joined Valladolid's youth setup in 2017 and has made 34 first-team appearances.
Meanwhile, Burnley are interested in Saints midfielder Harrison Reed, who has impressed on loan at Fulham this season.
Reed has previously had spells on loan at Norwich and Blackburn.
He has less than a year remaining on his contract at Southampton.
Solskjaer pushes Woodward into £80m ultimatum over Sancho move
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he wants negotiations with Jadon Sancho wrapped up quickly, according to a report.
After links between United and Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho last summer, such speculation has ramped up this season.
However, the key issue this time round is Sancho’s exit fee. Dortmund are holding out for around £100million, amid the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic.
Woodward made clear in April that the current financial uncertainties would skew the market and decrease the likelihood of big-money transfers this summer.
According to the Daily Star, though, Woodward remains willing to sanction an £80million bid for top target Sancho.
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