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Monday, January 20
- Manchester United have two options should their long-running pursuit of Bruno Fernandes fail
- Ed Woodward and Co. have Leicester’s James Maddison and Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in mind
- Manchester United and Chelsea target Boubakary Soumare wants to leave Lille in the summer
- Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho remains Chelsea’s top target
Edinson Cavani request
PSG’s all-time record goalscorer Edinson Cavani has told the French giants he wants to leave, the club’s sporting director Leonardo has revealed.
The Uruguay international, who turns 33 next month, has found opportunities limited this season and is now keen to call time on his Parc des Princes stay.
Speaking after PSG’s Coupe de France win at Lorient on Sunday, Leonardo confirmed Cavani’s decision and said they had already turned down a bid from Atletico Madrid for the striker.
“It is also true that we had an offer from Atletico Madrid and we did not accept it. On a financial level, it was not high enough compared to the value of the player,” Leonardo said.
“We are listening (to Cavani). After that, I honestly don’t know how it will all end. Right now we are a little more distant from Atletico because we’ve not had any contact for the past few days. Today nothing is clear.”
Manchester United have two options in reserve should their long-running pursuit of Bruno Fernandes fail.
Fernandes, 25, remains the club’s top target but there are increasing concerns the deal could collapse due to Sporting Lisbon’s financial demands.
The Red Devils had been hoping to pay £50million up front, with Sporting due a further £15m in add-ons based on his performance and the Red Devils’ success during his time with them.
Sporting have, however, hiked up their valuation of the 25-year-old to £68m, a figure they want paying in full up front and that United are currently unwilling to match.
The Manchester Evening News claim Ed Woodward and Co. have Leicester playmaker James Maddison and Aston Villa star Jack Grealish in mind for the summer if Fernandes can’t be signed in Janu2ary.
Boubakary Soumare boost
Boubakary Soumare wants to leave Lille.
The France Under-21 international is understood to be on the wish lists of Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid in recent weeks.
And he’s been unequivocal in his desire to secure a move elsewhere – but not in the January transfer window.
“Yes, of course,” he told L’Equipe when asked if he wants to leave Lille. “I have already discussed with the coach. I told him very clearly. I have a very clear idea of where I want to go in my career.
“I want to do a full season here, yes. It is not time to leave – I don’t want to leave with regrets.”