Transfer news LIVE updates | Wednesday, May 6
- Manchester United have been handed a boost in their transfer pursuit of Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund closing in on his replacement
- Thomas Partey has told close friends he’s keen to join Arsenal this summer
- Liverpool are leading the race to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, however, the transfer could be in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic
- Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has identified his ideal signing ahead of the summer transfer window
Timo Werner to Man Utd latest
Manchester United have placed Timo Werner on their transfer shortlist despite Liverpool leading the race for the RB Leipzig striker’s signature.
Werner has attracted interest from a host of top clubs across Europe after scoring 21 goals in 25 Bundesliga appearances this term.
Prior to the enforced coronavirus break, it was thought Liverpool were making inroads after finding out about the 24-year-old’s £52million release clause.
However, the MEN claim United are also keeping tabs on the Germany international’s situation.
But the Red Devils are not expected to make a move because they have other targets which are of a higher priority.
The MEN insists Solskjaer will not move for Werner meaning Liverpool and Chelsea will be left to battle it out.
United priority this summer is thought to be Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd are not interested in signing Timo Werner this summer
Lionel Messi retirement claim
Lionel Messi has another “seven very good years” left in the tank as former Barcelona midfielder Xavi tips the attacker to remain at the Nou Camp until he is 39 years old.
Messi has won almost everything there is to win in football since moving to Barcelona from Newell’s Old Boys in 2010.
The 32-year-old has six Ballon d’Or’s to his name – one more than Cristiano Ronaldo – but he has never won the World Cup with Argentina.
Therefore Xavi thinks that will serve as motivation and Messi has been tipped to represent his country at the next event in 2022 in Qatar.
“He’s still got five or seven very good years left in him,” Xavi said of Messi during an Instagram chat with Samuel Eto’o.
“He takes good care of himself and he can keep playing until he’s 37, 38 or 39. He’ll play at the Qatar World Cup, I’m sure.”
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd are keen to land Jadon Sancho
Man Utd handed Jadon Sancho boost
Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho with Borussia Dortmund closing in on his replacement.
TodoFichajes say Dortmund have entered negotiations to sign Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica.
The Bundesliga side are busy searching for a replacement for Sancho, who is expected to leave this summer with Manchester United the favourites to secure his services.
Rashica, who has been linked with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, has scored 23 goals and provided 11 assists in 64 appearances for Werder Bremen.
The 23-year-old Kosovo international is valued at £30million.
Transfer news LIVE: Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona
Thomas Partey to Arsenal development
Thomas Partey has told close friends he’s keen to join Arsenal this summer.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder is a top target for Mikel Arteta.
And the Telegraph say Partey has made it clear he wants to join the Gunners.
Partey is hoping Atletico and Arsenal can agree a deal this summer.
The 26-year-old has told close pals of his desire to prove himself in the Premier League.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd chief Ed Woodward is keen to spend
Liverpool lead race for striker
Liverpool are leading the race to sign RB Leipzig star Timo Werner, however, the transfer could be in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The forward has talked up a move to Anfield, with the Germany international hailing the Reds and his countryman Jurgen Klopp.
And according to The Independent, Liverpool are in pole position to sign Werner.
They say the German, 24, will be available for around £50m due to a release clause in his contract.
However, it’s claimed the transfer could be in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Football has been suspended due to the deadly virus, with the Premier League aiming to return in June.
However, the loss of income in recent weeks could see clubs refusing to spend big in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea identify ideal signing
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has identified his “ideal signing” ahead of the next transfer window.
The Blues are eager to continue strengthening their squad to build on the progress made in Lampard’s maiden campaign in the Stamford Bridge dugout.
Bleacher Report say the Blues see Leicester’s Ben Chilwell as their ideal signing this summer.
Leicester are likely to play hardball over Chilwell, who came through the ranks at the King Power Stadium.
The 23-year-old is under contract until the summer of 2024 and is reportedly valued by the Foxes at £60million.