With Jadon Sancho proving elusive, Manchester United has started to look alternatives. The man they want won’t come cheap.
Read on for all the transfer gossip.
UNITED’S SANCHO ALTERNATE WON’T COME CHEAP
Manchester United have been told they must cough up a whopping £40 million ($AUD72m) to land Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks.
They have identified Wales winger Brooks, 23, as a viable alternative to top target Jadon Sancho as talks with Borussia Dortmund continue to stall.
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The Red Devils are long-term admirers of Brooks and are ready to press ahead with a move despite the former Sheffield United man missing most of last season through injury.
Bournemouth’s new manager Jason Tindall wants to keep Brooks and build his side’s bid for an instant return to the Premier League around him.
But the club’s Russian owner Maxim Demin would be willing to sell for the right price as he looks to reduce the financial impact of the Cherries’ relegation to the Championship.
Brooks cost Bournemouth £11.5m from Sheffield United in the summer of 2018 and enjoyed a stellar debut season in the Premier League, scoring seven goals in 30 games.
The Warrington-born wideman, who began his career at Manchester City, missed all but the final nine matches of last season due to an ankle injury.
Brooks is also attracting interest from Everton, Tottenham and former club United, who are owed money from his transfer.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could seek the opinion of former teammate and Wales boss Ryan Giggs, who is known to be an admirer of Brooks.
Solskjaer spoke with Giggs before signing Welsh international Dan James from Swansea last summer.
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Tindall insisted there would be no fire-sale this summer.
But the Cherries have already flogged Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £41m and agreed an £18.5m fee with Sheffield United for keeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Strike duo Callum Wilson and Joshua King are also both almost certain to leave while Jefferson Lerma wants to go back to Spain.
— The Sun
PL NEWBIES CHASING PIQUE
Fulham conceded a league-worst 81 goals last time it was in the Premier League in 2018-19, finishing second-last and dropping back into the Championship.
The Cottagers only spent the one season in the Championship, securing promotion straight back into the top flight and while they were better at the back they weren’t exactly watertight — Scott Parker’s team conceded 48 goals across 46 regular season matches.
Looking to shore things up, Fulham is reportedly chasing Barcelona great Gerard Pique.
Free the London side has inquired over his availability after Pique offered to leave Barcelona if it will help bring about the “changes at all levels” he believes the club needs after its Champions League humiliation.
“If I have to go in order to change things I’ll be the first to accept that,” he said after the 8-2 loss. “This was a horrible game… it’s a dreadful feeling.”
Pique has won four Champions League trophies and eight La Liga titles in his time with Barcelona, having joined the team in 2008 from Manchester United.
ASTON VILLA CHASING HARRY WILSON
Aston Villa are ready to compete with Leeds United for Liverpool’s £20 million-rated ($36m) winger Harry Wilson.
The 23-year-old Welsh international failed to make Jurgen Klopp’s pre-season training camp in Austria after suffering a knock in training.
But he is expected to be available for Liverpool’s Community Shield showdown with Arsenal on August 29.
Wilson still has hopes of breaking into Klopp’s first team this season but is willing to move if that’s what it takes to play regular first team football.
However the Welshman has no intention of going out on loan again after successful loan moves to Hull City, Derby County and Bournemouth all failed to result in a permanent move.
He wants to set down roots and, if it isn’t to be at Anfield, Dean Smith is ready to roll out the red carpet for him at Villa Park.
The Villa boss has targeted Brentford duo Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma but isn’t prepared to meet the Bees’ £55 million ($100m) price tag for the pair – with Algerian winger Benrahma priced at £30 million ($54m).
If Smith’s former club play hardball over Benrahma he will offer Liverpool just over half that amount and move for Wilson who – unlike the Brentford star – has proved he can score goals in the Premier League.
The Welsh winger scored seven goals in 14 appearances for Hull City in the latter half of the 2017/18 season, before scoring 18 times in 49 games for Derby County the following campaign.
Last season he took the Premier League by storm when he scored in his opening two games for Bournemouth and by the end of November he had scored six goals in his first 13 Premier League games.
Bizarrely, Wilson only started one of the Cherries’ last nine games when the season restarted in June – yet still ended up just two goals behind top-scorer Callum Wilson.
He believes he was frozen out because ex-boss Eddie Howe wanted to keep faith with the players who had committed to the club long-term.
That convinced Wilson it was time to end his nomadic existence – especially as his average of a goal every 225 minutes was better than Bournemouth strikers Wilson, Josh King and Dominic Solanke.
Villa boss Smith knows he needs more goals from his flaky forward line and is ready to top the £15 million ($27m) Marcelo Bielsa is offering Liverpool for Wilson.
ITALIAN GIANTS EYE SUAREZ
Serie A giants Juventus are ready to capitalise on the turmoil at Barcelona, with Brand reporting Andrea Pirlo’s outfit are interested in luring over Luis Suarez.
Suarez, 33, has one year left on his current contract with Barcelona and was not among the eight players club president Josep Maria Bartomeu listed as untouchable in the transfer market.
The LaLiga side is readying itself for a mass rebuild after its 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Suarez seemingly does not feature as a key man for new manager Ronald Koeman.
The Uruguayan has been linked heavily with former club Ajax, the team where he first made a name for himself in Europe, but the opportunity to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain could prove tempting.
It would also see him lining up alongside Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, the man he infamously bit on the shoulder at the 2014 World Cup.