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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester United take out massive loan to land Jadon Sancho

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Laurens: Man United leading the race for Jadon Sancho (2:10)

Julien Laurens gives the latest on Manchester United's pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and England's Jadon Sancho. (2:10)

The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe's big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Man United take out loan for Sancho

Manchester have reportedly taken out a £140 million loan to ease them through the coronavirus pandemic, and The Sun believes the Reds will attempt to use some of the money to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho when the transfer window opens.

Club executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made no secret of the club's financial struggles as a result of the coronavirus, and United have moved swiftly to access a credit facility they have with Bank of America.

The report says the cash will help ease them through the worst of the impact of the pandemic, but some could also be used to land Sancho and possibly Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, who is rated around £60m.

Moreover, Mundo Deportivo reports that United are hoping to offer Chilean flop Alexis Sanchez to Borussia Dortmund in an effort to lower Sancho's price. The England international is expected to cost more than £100m, which is a lot for a club who spent £130m on two players last summer and who have several expensive targets on their shopping list.

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08.25 BST: Negotiations for Paris Saint-Germain to acquire Mauro Icardi on a permanent transfer from Inter Milan are progressing well, according to reports in Italy.

Icardi, 27, joined PSG on loan with a €70m purchase option included in the deal. PSG have until the end of this month to notify Inter if they wish to activate that clause but Ansa reports that a deal could be completed for around €60m, including add-ons.

PSG want Icardi to remain at the club, with the striker having scored 20 goals in 31 appearances for the French champions. However, PSG are looking to renegotiate the terms based on the current situation in football due to the coronavirus pandemic.

08.00 BST: Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has warned Barcelona and other interested parties they must pay Lautaro Martinez's €111m buyout clause to sign him this summer.

In an excerpt from an interview that will air on Friday, Ausilio tells Sky Italia: "Regarding Martinez, there is only one path that can see him away from Inter and that is for his buyout clause to be met. A clause that everyone knows about and that is useless to hide, it is there. It's a clause that expires at the beginning of July so it won't last long. That is the only possibility that exists today to see Lautaro away from Inter.

"We are not discussing at this point the matter of Lautaro with anyone. We are counting on him. He is an important asset of the club, let's not forget that he has three years left on his contract with Inter. Inter has no intention to sell its most important players but to keep them, and that goes for Lautaro, and to reinforce itself in the market."

Ausilio added that Barcelona are leading the race to sign the Argentinian forward.

"Many clubs have contacted us to address Lautaro," he said. "Among them, the one that is most decided and with whom we have a friendly and cordial rapport is Barcelona. I'm not going to hide this. I know that Barcelona perfectly knows what our intentions are. Inter has no intention of selling Lautaro Martinez. But I repeat there is a clause."

Asked if Barcelona would have to pay that clause to sign Martinez, Ausilio said: "I believe I've been very clear."

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Werner 'inconsequential' and 'invisible' in Leipzig's 2-2 draw

Ale Moreno and Steve Nicol react to Timo Werner's underwhelming performance in RB Leipzig's draw.

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Liverpool out, Inter in for Werner

Good news for all those clubs with Timo Werner in their sights, as Liverpool have reportedly withdrawn from talks to sign the RB Leipzig star, according to the Daily Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Werner and has been in contact with the player the past few months, but after discussions with the Liverpool board, the German boss is reluctant to spend more than £30m on the striker as a result of the ongoing financial uncertainty.

Leipzig, meanwhile, have insisted that they won't sell for anything less than £50m. That impasse has seen Liverpool walk away, leaving Werner to choose between seeing out the last two years of his contract and moving elsewhere.

Among the other clubs reported to be interested in his services are Inter Milan, and Sport suggests that the Italian club will use the money gained from the expected sale of Lautaro Martinez to sign Werner and Joao Cancelo from Manchester City.

A lot needs to happen for all of the above to take place, though. Barcelona would need to exchange Nelson Semedo for Cancelo and include Cancelo in the deal for Martinez. The Nerazzurri would then use some of the remaining Martinez cash to lure Werner to the San Siro. Game of dominos, anyone?

Chelsea chasing Tagliafico

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is monitoring Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico, the Daily Mirror reports. The Blues boss believes he can get the Argentina international in a cut-price deal that would see Chelsea part with about £22m.

The Blues have made the left-back position a priority, and with Leicester's Ben Chilwell too expensive at around £70m and Lampard missing out on other targets, Tagliafico is said to be keen on the move.

Tap-ins

-- Tottenham are closing on a move for Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, says Football Insider. The 26-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and has been linked with Arsenal.

-- Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte would love to link up with Arturo Vidal for the second time after the duo worked together at Juventus, but he has a job persuading the player to leave Barcelona, says Le10sport. Vidal reportedly wants to stay at Camp Nou in an effort to win the Champions League, and Barca officials are keen to use him as part of the ongoing attempt to bring Lautaro Martinez to Spain.