Dortmund in talks to sell Haaland and Sancho – Paper Round

Real start Haaland talks

Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Erling Haaland has given his blessing for talks to start between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old Norwegian striker is available for 75 million euros next summer, and it is believed that the Germans and Spaniards will come together on a compromise of around 130 million euros to complete a deal this summer.

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Paper Round’s view: Dortmund would be getting 65 million euros more than they would next season if they were to keep hold of Haaland for just one more season. As good as he is, there is probably more benefit in doubling the profit they are making on him, more or less, and being able to spend big to bring in a replacement. It might make it harder for Manchester United to sign Jadon Sancho, though.

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‘Southgate continues to baffle us there’ – Why no Sancho for England?

United close in on Sancho

The Mirror claims that Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United are close to agreeing terms for a transfer of Jadon Sancho. The 20-year-old England international will earn £250,000-a-week wages on a five-year contract with the option of a further year, and United have followed up a £60 million bid with one worth £72.5 million with another £10 million in add-ons. That is £5 million short but a compromise is expected.

Paper Round’s view: One would imagine that United simply did not want to sign Sancho last season because their approach this summer has been far more constructive. If he is signed then United will then be able to move swiftly onto improving the defence, and the focus will turn to the future of Paul Pogba, who is impressing for France while his contract starts to run down.

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Chelsea hope to tempt Ramos

Chelsea are making a late move for former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. The 35-year-old Spaniard is wanted by Thomas Tuchel to partner Antonio Rudiger, according to the Sun. However there is competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who can tempt him with the chance to play alongside Neymar, former teammate Angel Di Maria, and perhaps even Cristiano Ronaldo.

Paper Round’s view: If Ronaldo and Ramos team up again that would transform PSG into a side who would believe themselves to be genuine challengers for the Champions League – if only for a season or two, given their age. Chelsea’s interest might be genuine but it is difficult to square that with the new contract for Thiago Silva, who surely carries out the same role for Chelsea now.

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Bertrand set for Leicester switch

Ryan Bertrand is likely to join Southampton on a free transfer, says the Mail. The 31-year-old left-back is out of contract on the south coast, and had been wanted by Arsenal, AC Milan and Monaco. However with Leicester in need of defensive back-ups with Timothy Castagne and James Justin both potentially out for long periods with injury, Brendan Rodgers has made his move.

Paper Round’s view: Bertrand will be able to contribute for a few years yet given his fitness, and if he is coming to help fill out the Leicester squad then his career may be elongated by not having to play two times a week. He has international and Champions League experience, and will give Rodgers a reliable presence who can also play at wing-back and perhaps even further forward, if required.

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Tuchel: “Mira su partido…, ese es el Balón de Oro”

El PSG perdió la oportunidad de asaltar el liderato de la Ligue 1 en su visita al Lille y no logró pasar del empate a cero. Sin embargo, en un partido en el que Neymar causó baja y Mbappé solamente pudo saltar al campo en el 72′ por unas molestias, Tuchel pudo salvar una auténtica patata caliente. Enfrente estaba un Lille que comanda la tabla clasificatoria y una derrota habría hecho que el puesto del alemán se tambalease, con Pochettino y Allegri atentos en sus casas. El conjunto parisino fue superior, pero se agarró a la solidez defensiva mostrada para dominar el encuentro y en ese entramado Marquinhos fue fundamental, como el propio Tuchel reconoció con contundecia tras el choque.

“Vi una actuación solida esta noche (por el domingo), con un Marquinhos a un nivel extraordinario. Puedes hacer un vídeo de su partido y mostrárselo a todo el mundo, ese es el Balón de Oro”, señaló Tuchel. “Lo cambia todo, lo cambia todo. Lo demostró en estos 90 minutos, mostró un nivel…”, continuó el técnico, que parecía no encontrar las palabras para calificar la excelsa actuación de su pupilo.”Que no esté en el once del año de la FIFA, no lo entiendo…”, finalizó.

Marquinhos, a sus 26 años, ha heredado el papel de líder defensivo del PSG, tras la marcha de Thiago Silva, y Tuchel no entiende su esquema sin la presencia del brasileño, ya sea en el centro de la defensa, su posición original, o como pivote, puesto en que el alemán gusta de colocarle. Haber sido uno de los jugadores fundamentales del campeón de la pasada Ligue 1 y finalista de la Champions no le ha valido al de Sao Paulo para formar parte del once del año de la FIFA. Van Dijk y Sergio Ramos fueron los centrales elegidos y Thiago-Kimmich la pareja de centrocampistas.

No cierra las puertas al mercado

Además, Tuchel fue preguntado sobre la posibilidad de hacer incorporaciones en el mercado invernal, puesto que las sucesivas bajas por lesión le están haciendo retocar el once con asiduidad. El alemán es consciente de la dificultad del momento, pero a nadie amarga un caramelo… “Si podemos, tenemos que pensarlo con el club, si es posible. Saben la situación que vivimos, el momento en el que estamos es especial. No es fácil. Por eso no es el momento de pedir cosas. Pero, podemos pensarlo, tenemos que pensarlo. Debemos analizar si las cosas son posibles o no. Si esto no es posible, tendremos que hacer lo posible para recuperar el mayor número de jugadores lesionados actualmente. Eso es”, finalizó.