Man Utd transfer roundup – Brooks interest ‘serious’, Grealish saga takes twist

Manchester United’s long battle for Jadon Sancho continues to rumble on, but it’s not the only bit of business to feature across the back pages.

We could still be set for plenty of ins and outs this summer as United put their Europa League exit behind them and build for the future, with the Red Devils having already offloaded Tahith Chong on loan and Alexis Sanchez on a permanent deal.

Here’s the latest on one potential arrival, one potential exit, and talk of a deal which could see one man arrive at Old Trafford while another goes in the opposite direction.

Two in the running for out-of-favour Dalot

Diogo Dalot is among the Manchester United fringe players who could be allowed to leave this summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having handed the 21-year-old just 63 minutes of football since the restart in June.

The Portuguese youngster, signed during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge, played just four league games in the 2019/20 season and just 11 times in total.

According to O Jogo, via the Manchester Evening News, both Everton and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Dalot this summer.

PSG are looking for a right-back to compete with Thilo Kehrer for a starting spot, having seen Thomas Meunier leave for Borussia Dortmund, while Everton have a gap in the position following Djibril Sidibe’s return to Monaco at the end of his loan spell.

Sidibe’s departure, coupled with Cuco Martina leaving on a free, means Carlo Ancelotti’s side are short of competition for regular right-back Seamus Coleman.

Man Utd could send goalkeeper to Villa as part of Grealish deal

Manchester United have not given up hope of bringing Jack Grealish to Old Trafford this summer, despite their continued pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

The Aston Villa captain has been a long-term target, and Villa’s final-day Premier League survival means he won’t be available at a knock-down price.

However, according to the Mail, United believe they may be able to get a discount by offering back-up goalkeeper Sergio Romero as part of a bid.

Villa have reportedly enquired about another United keeper, Dean Henderson, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be keen on keeping the academy graduate as part of his senior set-up this season.

With Henderson providing competition to David de Gea, Romero could become available as he seeks game-time after a spell as United’s cup goalkeeper.

Villa keeper Tom Heaton is on the way back from a cruciate ligament injury, but Pepe Reina – who finished the 2019/20 season between the sticks for Dean Smith’s club – has returned to AC Milan after his loan stint ended.

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United’s Brooks interest is ‘serious’

Bournemouth winger David Brooks could find himself moving to Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils believed to be seriously interested in a swoop for the Welsh international.

According to Sport Witness, United’s interest is “rather more serious than widely assumed,” while they are also reportedly looking at Juventus ’ Douglas Costa to boost their squad.

The club have not ended their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, despite progress slowing on a summer move for the England forward, but a deal for Brooks is reportedly seen as a simpler task to complete.

Brooks missed the bulk of last season through injury, having scored seven goals in his debut campaign on the south coast in 2018/19.

Bournemouth have already made one big sale in the wake of their relegation from the Premier League, with Nathan Ake joining Manchester City, while a number of long-serving players such as Simon Francis and Andrew Surman left upon the expiry of their contracts.

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