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What Man Utd target Jadon Sancho has said about Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford

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Manchester United target Jadon Sancho is a quiet figure, one who doesn’t give too many interviews or speak his mind on social media too much. But as transfer rumours continue to swirl regarding the Borussia Dortmund star, it’s worth taking a look back at what he’s said on Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping the trio will all be team-mates at Old Trafford next season.

Like a year ago, Sancho has been quiet amid talk that he’s poised to join Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window.

But he has previously hailed Pogba and Rashford – for differing reasons.

Speaking in July, the Dortmund star was asked to pick a dream team. And he chose to have Pogba alongside Kevin De Bruyne, saying: “I pick Pogba next to Kevin de Bruyne.

“He’s very skilful and I like players that try things that are different to others, so he’s very good.”

There came a time where it looked as though Pogba would be leaving Old Trafford, with Real Madrid and Juventus both showing transfer interest.

But the France international is now poised to remain at the club, having sparkled alongside Bruno Fernandes in the middle of the park since the restart following the coronavirus crisis.

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“The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority.”

And Sancho said: “I stand by you all the way!

“Growing up in London a lot of the kids their parents struggled financially so having free school meals was a saviour!

“This one is close to my heart.”

While they’re the only two United players Sancho has spoken about, or out on, he’s reportedly excited to play alongside Fernandes.

And it’s also been claimed that the 20-year-old is a big admirer of Mason Greenwood, who has found the net 17 times this season.

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Meanwhile, United legend Ryan Giggs has endorsed his old side’s pursuit of Sancho – giving his approval to the Dortmund star.

“Sancho is quick, direct but also an intelligent player,” said the Wales manager.

“What I like about him is when he gets into them areas with the final ball, he doesn’t panic. A lot of quick wide players sometimes do but he picks out the right pass.

“He’s someone who can counter-attack if we’re going to play that but also if a team are going to sit back, he can beat players and make things happen.

“They are two signings that may be available and if we’re able to get them, I would go and get them.”

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What Man Utd’s plan for Jadon Sancho ‘has always been’ as transfer edges closer

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“Manchester United need a right winger,” Neville told Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville podcast.

“He’s a big, big talent, honestly he really is.

“I always think, particularly as a wide player, what would I have not wanted to have played against?

“The first thing is pace. And then you’ve got to think about, can he use his pace? Well yes he can, because he makes really good quality runs: the spin in behind, straight, but also the run inside in between full-back and centre-back – which I always think is the most difficult to mark.

“And then you think, well has he got quality on the ball? Could you just left him have it? Sometimes you’ve got quick players, let him have the ball.

“But when you let him have the ball, he can get it out of his feet and whip ridiculously good crosses in. So that’s when you’re thinking about the fact that you’ve got a real problem, as a full-back.

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Jurgen Klopp tipped to face key problem if Liverpool complete Thiago Alcantara transfer

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Liverpool hero John Barnes believes Jurgen Klopp risks disrupting the balance of his team if he brings Bayern Munich star Thiago Alcantara to the club.

Thiago is widely considered to be one of the most technically gifted midfielders in the world with experience playing for Bayern, Barcelona and Spain.

After seven seasons with Bayern, the 29-year-old is seeking a fresh challenge and is plotting a move to the Premier League.

Klopp has made clear he is an admirer for Thiago and is weighing up whether to add more midfield creativity to his team.

But Barnes feels the balance of Liverpool’s team is perfect at the moment and reckons Thiago’s arrival would leave them more vulnerable defensively.

“With the midfield being very workmanlike, they are a lot of points better off than everybody else,” he told the BBC.

“The reason you can have two full-backs attacking at the same time and three strikers is because they have three hard-working midfielders to protect that situation.

“If you get another creative midfielder and you want your full-backs and front three to attack, then maybe you are going to concede more goals.

“Manchester City have got how many creative players in their midfield? But Liverpool finished 20-odd points ahead of them. Maybe Manchester City should say: ‘Let’s get more hard-working players in midfield so we can catch Liverpool’.”

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Meanwhile, Andre Ayew has tipped Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster for a bright future after an impressive loan spell at Swansea.

Brewster’s loan with the Championship side came to an end last week when they were beaten in the play-off semi-finals by Brentford.

Following his arrival in January, the 20-year-old scored 11 goals in 22 appearances and formed a strong partnership with Ayew in attack.

Brewster will return to Liverpool for pre-season training ahead of the new campaign and will now be aiming to break into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, which Ayew has no doubts he is capable of doing.

“Rhian has everything to play for,” Ayew said. “He has goals, he has speed, and he has power.

“He is still young, and he has a few things to learn and improve on, but when we are talking about a pure finisher and talent in front of the goal, he has it all.

“He has everything a striker needs to get, and that is very important.

“When you are 19 or 20, and you see the season he has had. If he continues to work hard, he is going to be a top, top player.”

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Arsenal transfer news: Aubameyang contract problem, six players eyed, Coutinho condition

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Arsenal transfer news is pouring in with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Philippe Coutinho both subject to speculation. Mikel Arteta’s side is eager to improve his squad this summer in the wake of their FA Cup triumph. So Express Sport will now take a look at the latest gossip regarding the north London giants.

Aubameyang contract problem

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will snub any contract offer unless his wage demands are met, reports say.

The Gabon international’s currently deal expires in 2021 and, as of yet, he’s not signed a new contract.

And the Daily Mail say Aubameyang is unwilling to settle for anything less than £250,000-a-week.

It’s claimed he doesn’t want to be ‘lowballed’ in negotiations and that means Arsenal must stump up the cash.

If not, there’s a chance he may leave this summer. Should he stay, Arsenal then face the prospect of their talisman leaving for nothing in 12 months time.

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Six players eyed

In order to satisfy Aubameyang, Arsenal are supposedly planning to sign six players this transfer window.

Le10 Sport say the Gunners want Coutinho, who is primed to leave Barcelona with the La Liga giants determined to cut him loose.

Lyon pair Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay are also being targeted, despite the latter previously flopping at Manchester United.

Wolves’ Raul Jimenez is another player being eyed, with the Mexico international shining in the Premier League this term.

And Thomas Partey and Allan Saint-Maximin, of Atletico Madrid and Newcastle respectively, are also being pursued.

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Coutinho condition

Arsenal could sign Coutinho this transfer window – but only on loan.

Barcelona want to get the playmaker off the books permanently, as they look to raise funds for a summer spending spree.

But the Mail say Arsenal could agree a loan deal for the Samba star instead, with the Gunners unable to afford the 28-year-old.

Coutinho is being offered to clubs around Europe.

But it’s Arsenal who appear to be in pole position to secure his signature.

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Arteta on transfers

Arsenal boss Arteta has claimed he’s given a plan to the Gunners hierarchy regarding potential transfer business this summer.

“I have presented my vision and my plans and all together we will try our best to get the club in the best possible position,” he said.

“I know how important it was as we needed to be in Europe.

“It is a must for our club and financially because it is a bigger step forward in order to allow us to do more things in the future and have a better structure financially.

“I am very pleased for both things – winning the trophy and having the option to play in Europe.”

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