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Transfer Talk: United’s Solskjaer playing long game with top target Sancho

Craig Burley and Steve Nicol explain why teams like Crystal Palace will continue to show no fear against Manchester United this season.

The Premier League transfer window has closed, but the rest of Europe remains open for business. Plus, it’s never too late to look forward to January! Click here to view the latest transfers and keep up to date with the latest gossip below.

Man Utd to revisit Sancho in one year

Manchester United is waiting until next summer to launch their bid for Jadon Sancho, according the Evening Standard.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will preach some patience and won’t seek a quick fix to the team’s attacking woes during the January window. Instead he’ll work with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as the senior strikers, with 17-year-old Mason Greenwood serving as backup.

Sancho, a product of Manchester City’s academy system, has been high on the list for both clubs, but United will milk the clock for the England player. The move is a gamble as United are left a bit thin up front after Romelu Lukaku‘s permanent switch and Alexis Sanchezs pending loan to Inter Milan

Sancho signed a new deal with Borussia Dortmund during the summer, but that won’t put off Solskjaer and Co. from trying to lure the youngster in a year’s time.  

Juventus to offer players in exchange for Icardi

Reports at Calciomercato claim Juventus are now the only option on the table for Inter Milan in their quest to sell Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, despite reports that the former Sampdoria man wants to remain at the San Siro.

Plenty of obstacles remain in Juve’s way should they be interested in pursuing a move for the 26-year-old — most notably the plethora of attacking options already at the club, thus leaving little room for a new striker.

The amount of forwards on the books in Turin could also work to their advantage, however, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic believed to be options for Juventus if they were to go down the route of offering players in exchange for Icardi — something which new Inter boss Antonio Conte is rumoured to be open to.

Euro sides baulk at Demiral price tag

Despite joining Juventus only at the start of July, Merih Demiral has already been linked with moves to a string of top European clubs, including AC Milan, Roma and Atletico Madrid — with the latter reportedly making a €25 million offer for the Turkey international.

But according to Calciomercato, the Bianconeri are set to slap a €40m price tag on the highly rated 21-year-old, a fee that is sure to spell an end to talk of a move.

The centre-half’s future has been in question since the arrival of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax, just a fortnight after Demiral landed in Turin, creating a glut of options for Maurizio Sarri at the heart of his defence.

There is also pressure to balance the books at the club in order to continue paying the hefty wages of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tap-ins

Calciomercato claims Monaco are plotting a move for Atalanta defender Roger Ibanez. The 20-year-old joined the Serie A side from Brazilian club Fluminense only at the start of the year, but Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is hoping to lure the centre half to the city-state before next week’s transfer deadline.

The Scottish Herald believes Celtic boss Neil Lennon will step up his attempts to strengthen his squad ahead of this weekend’s Old Firm Derby. The league champions have been linked with moves for Kilmarnock full-back Greg Taylor, Rosenborg’s Birger Meling and Leicester City winger Fousseni Diabate.

– More from Calciomercato, which claims Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons has rejected a move to newly-promoted La Liga side Granada. The 30-year-old failed to make the squad for his side’s Serie A opener against Genoa last weekend and is expected to leave the Stadio Olimpico before the transfer window closes next week.

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