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Bitcoin hammer blow as JPMorgan analysts back rival crypto to ‘outperform BTC’

Bill Gates discusses Bitcoin in 2018

Last year, Ethereum (ETH) crashed below $ 100 (£72) in spectacular style having reached a peak of nearly $ 1,200 (£863) in early 2018. But over the last 12 months, the tide has turned and the cryptocurrency has risen beyond its previous peak to hit a series of all-time highs – including a record yesterday of $ 3,456 (£2,487). Its gains are impressive when compared to Bitcoin (BTC), which too has hit all-time highs this year, but ETH has “outperformed” BTC by a factor of three-to-one – with a market cap roughly one third its size.
Last week, JPMorgan published a report entitled ‘Why is ETH outperforming?’ where analysts at the firm’s Fixed Income Strategy for the US predicted more of the same.

They wrote: “In recent days, one of the more interesting developments in cryptocurrency markets has been the outperformance of ETH relative to other tokens.”

Noting that Bitcoin is “more of a crypto commodity than a currency,” experts stated that “ETH is the backbone of the crypto-native economy and therefore functions more as a medium of exchange”.

Many investors, including billionaire Mark Cuban, claim that Ethereum’s decentralised, open-source blockchain with smart contract functionality will trump Bitcoin because it is “easier to use”.

The price of Ethereum has hit all-time highs recently

The price of Ethereum has hit all-time highs recently (Image: GETTY)

Cryptocurrencies continue to interest investors

Cryptocurrencies continue to interest investors (Image: GETTY)

Blockchain technology enables the existence of cryptocurrency and a smart contract is a self-executing contract with the terms of the agreement between buyer and seller being directly written into lines of code.

This allows for trusted transactions and agreements to be carried out without the need for a central authority, legal system, or external enforcement mechanism.

Bitcoin – the largest and most widely used cryptocurrency – does not currently offer support for complex smart contracts.

Analysts at JPMorgan asserted that “owning a share” of this technology “is more valuable” and therefore “ETH should outperform BTC over the long run”.

The report adds: “Both BTC and ETH markets experienced a comparable liquidity shock earlier this month which triggered a comparable de-levering of their perspective derivatives market in subsequent days.

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Mark Cuban has backed Ethereum

Mark Cuban has backed Ethereum (Image: GETTY)

“But ETH spot market depth has recovered quicker and if anything liquidity conditions on some exchanges is better than prior to the event.

“High-frequency cash basis pricing reveals a much smaller impact in ETH markets despite optically comparable net liquidations.

“Open interest data also suggests that the other side of these trades was easier to source.”

And they expect much of the same in the future.

The report continues: “Higher turnover on the public ETH blockchain means a noticeably higher fraction of those tokens can be considered highly liquid, further blunting the impact of futures liquidations.

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Ethereum has unique features

Ethereum has unique features (Image: GETTY)

“In the case of Ether versus Bitcoin, there is evidence of more resilient liquidity, less reliance on derivatives markets to transfer and warehouse risk, and more durable underlying demand base – for now at least.

“In combination with the continued growth of decentralised finance and other components of the Ethereum-based economy, this suggests some technical but occasionally important bullish tailwinds versus bitcoin.

“ETH valuations may be less dependent on levered demand than BTC, a technical but occasionally important tailwind going forward.”

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has previously warned against investing in crypto.

Bitcoin continues to be worth more

Bitcoin continues to be worth more (Image: GETTY)

It stated: “If consumers invest, they should be prepared to lose all their money.

“Some investments advertising high returns from crypto assets may not be subject to regulation beyond anti-money laundering.

“Significant price volatility, combined with the difficulties valuing [Bitcoin] reliably, place consumers at a high risk of losses.”

Express.co.uk does not give financial advice. The journalists who worked on this article do not own cryptocurrency.

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Jon Jones warns Ngannou to ‘pray he knocks him out’

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The online war of words between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou is showing no signs of abating, with the UFC light heavyweight legend lashing out again after the current heavyweight ruler mocked him as being “a decision fighter.”

Jones and Ngannou have been going back and forth in recent days despite UFC chief Dana White stating that a potential superfight between the pair is all but dead due to Jones’ financial demands.

That has not stopped the former longtime 205lbs champion from talking up his chances against Ngannou – who was crowned UFC heavyweight king with an explosive second-round KO of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 in March.

Jones is bulking up in a bid to step into the UFC heavyweight fold, and took umbrage at Ngannou after the African powerhouse said he would “take care of” Jones before turning his attentions to boxing and world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

After warning Ngannou that he would steam through the UFC heavyweight ranks “like dominos”, Jones had yet more words for the Cameroonian KO artist in his latest Twitter outburst.

“Pray you knock me out because if you don’t, I’m going to break you, and that’s a promise,” Jones wrote to a man who has finished his last five octagon opponents inside the first two rounds.

Ngannou, 34, responded to the threat with disdain, retorting: “Please don’t make me laugh. When is the last time you break somebody out?”

“You’re a decision fighter,” Ngannou added in a subsequent tweet. “And you’ve barely won a fight lately. But you’re going to break me out.”

Jones – who has seen seven of his past eight octagon victories come by way of the scorecards – did not take the remarks lying down.

“A decision fighter? I carried the record for most submissions in the light heavyweight division for many years my friend,” Jones fired back.

“You are what we call a one trick pony… every champion I’ve ever faced punched hard. I see right through you.”

“I would rather be a decision fighter than a last for two rounds fighter,” Jones added in another tweet.

“Honestly, I respect you and your story. I don’t feel the need to have to crush you in a verbal battle to what I’ve done to everyone since 2011…

“I’m just telling you now, if you want to start this Internet talk, be sure to keep it up. Most people that talk sh*t with me go quiet after a while. Everyone’s going to the first to smash Jon Jones, very popular theme,” added the 33-year-old.

Jones is yet to suffer a legitimate loss in 28 professional MMA contests, and famously became the UFC’s youngest ever champion when he won the light heavyweight title aged just 23 by beating Mauricio Rua a decade ago.

Success in the octagon has been followed by controversy outside of it – including run-ins with the law and doping authorities.

Jones last fought in February 2020 when he defended his title against Dominick Reyes, only to vacate it in August amid a pay row with the UFC.

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After Ngannou was crowned heavyweight champion, Jones demanded that the promotion “show him the money” to set up a superfight between the pair.

Talks stalled before they even got started, with UFC boss White accusing Jones of asking for a minimum of $ 30 million for the contest – something the fighter himself has disputed.

Instead, White has suggested heavyweight veteran Derrick Lewis will be the first title defense for Ngannou, who last week proudly displayed his belt on a tour of his homeland.

While fans might not get to see Ngannou and Jones meet in the octagon, in the meantime they are swinging hard at each other online.

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UFC Cutelaba grabs rival Jacoby by neck

The UFC light heavyweight showdown between Ion Cutelaba and Dustin Jacoby will come with some added aggravation after the pair clashed at the faceoff in front of promotion chief Dana White.

Moldovan ‘Hulk’ Cutelaba stomped onto stage after weighing in on Friday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, shaking hands with White before staring down Jacoby – who was standing with fists clenched.

Unprovoked, Cutelaba grabbed his rival by the neck, pulling him towards him and exclaiming “you’re my bonus” before the pair were forcefully separated by security staff.

The scene played out in front of a startled White, who just last week criticized UFC match-maker Sean Shelby for failing to step in and stop the faceoff confrontation which forced Drakkar Klose out of his fight with Jeremy Stephens, after the American shoved his opponent, causing concussion and a cervical sprain.

“Come on,” White was heard saying after Cutelaba’s antics on Friday. “I was just ragging on Sean before I walked in here.”

A furious Jacoby screamed at Cutelaba “there’s no f*cking way he beats me tomorrow” as the pair were led away from each other.

Fans, fellow fighters and pundits criticized the scenes as getting out of hand.

“There’s selling a fight, and then there’s a line you just don’t cross…,” wrote women’s featherweight Megan Anderson.

“This is insanity. Especially after what happened to Klose. Commissions need to stop this nonsense. Look at how he grabs his neck,” complained ESPN pundit Ariel Helwani.

Others pointed the finger at White for not being quick enough to step in – particularly after he had chided Shelby for the same failure last week.

Cutelaba, 27, heads into Saturday’s contest at the UFC Apex on a run of successive defeats, having lost back-to-back contests with Russia’s Magomed Ankalaev last year.

He stands at 4-5 overall in the UFC after making his debut with the promotion in 2016.

Cutelaba is well known for his faceoff antics, previously painting himself green in a nod to his ‘Hulk’ moniker and also going viral for screaming into the face of Khalil Rountree before their fight in September of 2019 – which ended up being the last time Cutelaba tasted victory inside the octagon.

Jacoby, 33, is on a four-fight winning streak and boasts a 14-5 record overall, including two stints in the UFC.

He will arguably have added motivation to make Cutelaba pay the price in the octagon on Saturday night following the Moldovan’s weigh-in theatrics.

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Polish ace removes flag in solidarity with Russian rival

Polish draughts queen Natalia Sadovskaya has removed her national flag from the table in support of her Russian opponent, Tamara Tansykkuzhina, who had the Russian tricolor abruptly taken away during their world champs final.

The incendiary incident that saw a political row broke out happened as Tansykkuzhina and Sadovskaya clashed for the world draughts crown in Warsaw.

Match secretary Jacek Pawlicki stepped in to remove Tansykkuzhina’s name and flag, explaining that he was acting on a call from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which has banned Russia’s national symbols at major sporting events for two years over alleged manipulations.

The organizers’ move triggered public outrage, with Poland being accused of a “political provocation.”

The Russian team claimed that the incident had cost Tansykkuzhina precious time during a defeat in the fourth round of the contest that left her trailing 32-16, although she recovered in the fifth to reduce the deficit to just four points.

The Polish athlete has removed her flag as well, they are both playing without flags now,” Russian Draughts Federation head Anatoly Nikitin told Lenta.

I think the matter is closed as the Polish side apologized after the incident.

He added that the match should have been played a year ago, when no WADA sanctions had been introduced, and condemned the way the Russian symbols were removed.

It shouldn’t have been done during the match and in front of cameras. They should have made an official statement and removed the flag before the match,” Nikitin explained.

Sadovskaya is chasing the title she won in 2016 and 2018, needing 22 more points from the remaining five rounds to seal victory with the score currently at 32-28.

Based in the Polish capital, she portrayed herself wearing a glamorous dress alongside Tansykkuzhina before the final started, adding: “Both still smiling.”

A fan of covershoot-style snaps while looking over draughts boards,  Sadovskaya has described her ambition to be “the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game”.

“Time flies so fast and intensely that I can’t keep up with adding photos from my new sessions,” she told her thousands of Instagram fans earlier this month, sharing a snap from a promotional shoot taken for the final.

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Jorge Masvidal predicts Kamaru Usman will break Colby Covington

Jorge Masvidal came up short in his second bid to seize the welterweight title from around the waist of Kamaru Usman, but says that the next man up, UFC firebrand Colby Covington, will suffer a similar fate later this year.

Masvidal was knocked out for the first time in his 50-fight career in last weekend’s UFC event in Jacksonville, Florida when Usman connected a flush right hand that sent ‘Gamebred’ crumpling to the canvas.

The win was Usman’s 14th in succession in the UFC and was enough to raise him to second place in the organization’s pound-for-pound list when the new rankings were released this week – and Masvidal says that Usman’s winning streak is set to continue when he welcomes the challenges of the controversial Covington.

I think Kamaru keeps his hands up and comes to fight Colby the same fight that he did the first time. He just puts a thorough beating on him,” Masvidal told ESPN.

“Colby will try and get some takedowns on him, and it might not work. Colby’s gas tank with other wrestlers is not something he wants to do. That’s why he didn’t take a shot in the first fight, because he knows he’s going to have to get tired.”

The sequel between Usman and Covington will be a rematch of a fiercely competitive fight between the two in December 2019 which ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ won by late TKO finish – a conclusion which Covington has protested ever since.

But as far as Masvidal sees it, there isn’t much that Covington will be able to do against the man who stands alone as the world’s best welterweight fighter.

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As long as Kamaru is in wrestling shape and comes in the same as the first time, hands up, pressuring him, I think he breaks him again,” Masvidal concluded.

His hands are where they need to be at right now. I bet he’s goingto have more confidence than ever because he knows I’m somebody that’s never been finished.

“So he can definitely take that with a pride of honor, put his hard head on, keep getting the work. I think he gets a finish on Colby.”

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‘Could have ended his season’: Lionel Messi on the end of ugly lunge as Villarreal rival sees red in La Liga clash (VIDEO)

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Fans feared for Lionel Messi after the Barcelona maestro was the victim of rough treatment from Villarreal midfielder Manu Trigueros, who was handed a straight red card for a lunge in the teams’ La Liga encounter.

With hosts Villarreal 2-1 down and chasing the game, Trigueros took his urgency too far as he went in on Messi in an attempt to win the ball in the 66th minute.

After initially making contact and flicking the ball away from the Barcelona number 10, Trigueros followed through with his leg extended, making contact with Messi’s lower shin.

While there may have been no malicious intent from the Villarreal man, the action undoubtedly imperiled Messi and Trigueros was handed his marching orders by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande

After treatment, Messi was able to dust himself down and carry on as the hosts were forced to play the remainder of the game with 10 men at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Fans online feared that Messi was being targeted for the kind of rough treatment he can often be subjected to as Barcelona’s main danger man – with some claiming the rash challenge could have ended the 33-year-old star’s season.

“Messi has now taken a whack to the face and a potential leg-breaking tackle – and that’s just in the last five minutes!” said one Twitter account.

“Yet he just gets up and carries on. Please don’t tell me he couldn’t handle the ‘physicality’ elsewhere.”

Another simply added: “What a dangerous tackle.”

Messi was again the target less than 10 minutes later when he was shoved by Villarreal’s Pau Torres after beating his man down the right and dangerously bearing down on the penalty box. Pau was handed a yellow for that infringement.

Earlier in the match, Villarreal had taken the lead through Nigerian youngster Samuel Chukwueze in the 26th minute as he latched onto a pass to round Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and finish from a tight angle.

Bidding to keep pace with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, Barcelona bounced back almost immediately with a quick-fire double through French forward Antoine Griezmann to put them 2-1 ahead. 

Despite the opposition being down to 10 men for much of the second half, Barca failed to make the extra man count but still picked up a crucial three points.

That moved Ronald Koeman’s men level on 71 points with Real Madrid in the table, just two points behind leaders Atletico.

Barca and Atleti have both played 32 games while Zinedine Zidane’s defending champions have played one more.

Perhaps just importantly for Barcelona and their title challenge, talisman Messi emerged unscathed from what could have been a damaging 90 minutes for the Argentine star.   

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GTA 6 reveal will help PS5 and Xbox Series X game rival Red Dead Redemption 2

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The next Grand Theft Auto game could unleash a huge next-gen experience that easily surpasses Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA Online.

Rockstar Games has yet to announce its plans to launch GTA 6 on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC, but recent reports suggest that it’s a project that has been in the works for years.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was Rockstar’s last major release, and having launched back in 2018; it set a new bar for graphics and open-world immersion.

While the story didn’t impress everyone and the multiplayer has failed to catch on, the sheer beauty and complexity of its open-world won plaudits across the gaming community.

And with another few years to wait, the GTA 6 release date is reportedly not arriving until 2022 at the earliest.

That means Rockstar Games will have had another five years free from building Red Dead Redemption 2 to bring the next Grand Theft Auto game to life.

Fans recently got excited by the news that Take-Two Interactive will be part of E3 this year.

The parent company is among a number of big names that will be partnering with the digital games show this year.

A message from E3 adds: “For E3, as The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) officially unveils plans for a reimagined, all-virtual E3 2021 that will engage video game fans everywhere.

“With early commitments from Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, Koch Media, and more to come, E3 2021 will take place June 12 through June 15.

“Developers will be showcasing their latest news and games directly to fans around the world. The ESA will be working with media partners globally to help amplify and make this content available to everyone for free.”

Unfortunately for gamers, there is no guarantee Rockstar Games will be among the studios showcasing its latest work.

Take-Two owns a number of developers, and any one of them could be the focus of Take-Two’s attention at E3.

So when could we start hearing more about a possible Rockstar Games surprise in 2021?

Take-Two Interactive will be hosting its Q4 2021 Take-Two Interactive Earnings Conference Call next month.

This will be an event where CEO Strauss Zelnick and other higher-ups will be quizzed about what is coming next.

And while there is no chance of anything directly, GTA 6 related being announced, that doesn’t mean we won’t learn anything.

Take-Two might want to indicate that the big project being announced this year and something like this could be covered.

Zelnick might also be asked about E3 and the company’s plans for the event, meaning we could get more hints on whether Rockstar Games will be there.

The groundwork is being laid for GTA 6 to become the biggest next-gen experience yet, with PS5 and Xbox Series X hoping to learn more sooner rather than later.

Virgin Media set to rival Sky with an all-new way to watch TV

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Virgin Media is preparing to unleash a new TV service for customers that looks set to give Sky’s popular NOW streaming platform a serious run for its money. Virgin Media has confirmed plans to trial its new service, which will bring all of the most popular streaming services into a single place.

Unfortunately, Virgin is being a little vague about exactly which services will be included, but Netflix, Disney+, NOW and BT Sport seem the most likely. If that turns out to be true, the new all-in-one streaming platform from Virgin Media will comfortably beat what Sky currently offers with NOW. That’s because NOW only gives customers access to Sky’s channels and on-demand catalogue as well as HayU. There’s no support for other streaming platforms.

What makes the latter particularly bizarre is that NOW uses tweaked hardware and software from Roku, which has one of the most comprehensive libraries of streaming apps on its set-top boxes. So, there are Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+ streaming apps out there that would be instantly compatible with all NOW boxes.

Details remain pretty scarce about the new competitor from Virgin Media, although the company has established a webpage for the new streaming option, where it’s asking customers to give it a try.

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“We’re getting ready to launch a new entertainment service and we thought you might like to be one of the first to try it and let us know what you think,” Virgin said. “There are so many awesome streaming services out there, we decided to bring them all together into one place and put you in charge with our new entertainment service.”

If you fancy finding out more you can sign up here. All you need is a broadband-only service with Virgin Media (no TV or home phone).

You’ll need to make sure you’ve got one of the latest routers from Virgin Media – either a Hub 3 or 4 – and average broadband speeds of 50Mbps or above.

We’ll have to wait and see what Virgin reveals but it seems this new service could offer customers without a TV package or set-top box an easy way to tune into some of the UK’s most popular content.

Virgin says it doesn’t have a confirmed date for the trial but more news will be announced soon. Those lucky enough to be accepted won’t have to pay anything with Virgin giving this service away for free during the trial period.

Along with testing this new TV service Virgin has also recently announced that it is testing much faster broadband speeds using its existing infrastructure which could mean customers will soon see speeds of over 2Gbps.

Virgin says it has run these real-world tests in homes in Southampton and Manchester with the proof-of-concept trial aimed at showcasing the future speeds which can be delivered via the same network that already connects millions of customers across the country. That could mean a major broadband boost to Virgin users without the need for additional infrastructure or civil engineering works.

‘Unbelievable that he’s apologizing’: Poirier quells McGregor row after accusing UFC rival of breaking $500K charity promise

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier has apologized for his ugly public spat with Conor McGregor after accusing the Irishman of reversing a promise to donate $ 500,000 to Poirier’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’.

“I am very passionate about my charity as you all know. I jumped the gun and took private matters between Conor & my foundation public. My mistake, we live, we learn,” Poirier tweeted on Wednesday. 

“Spreading positivity & doing good is my goal! I feel like I have brought a negative energy and personal opinions into something I am working so hard on that gives people a reason to cheer and smile. I will take this in stride and continue to fight the Good Fight.”     

The UFC announced on Wednesday that a trilogy fight between Poirier and McGregor was official for July 10 and would take place at UFC 264 in front of a full house of fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

That came despite McGregor suggesting he would pull out of the bout, accusing Poirier of “smearing” his name by publicly shaming the Dubliner and accusing him of not following through on a charity promise he made before their January rematch.
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Poirier had claimed McGregor and his team had “ghosted” their requests for a payment pledged to the American star’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’.

The furious Irish former two-weight champion hit back by asserting that Poirier’s team had never sent concrete plans for where the money would end up.

“My team does their due diligence to make sure every donation meets the mark. My generosity is known. You will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name. Shooting a** shelling a** bitch. Little b*tch kicks from a shell. Good luck when you’re caught. You’re f*cked,” a furious McGregor tweeted at Poirier.

After Poirier’s apology, some fans claimed ‘The Diamond’ should not have been the one to blink first in the row. 

“Unbelievable that Dustin is the one apologizing,” tweeted one popular MMA account. 

“You did nothing wrong. This is on Conor and him trying to navigate dealing with his ‘new money’. He wears a million dollar watch and rents a yacht for more than he offered to your charity. He had the money,” added another. 

Some fans defended McGregor, however, with one reply reading: “Who gives a f*ck whether he has the money or not, you don’t just send $ 500K to anyone without knowing what it would be used for. Plenty of non profits use the label to line their own pockets through paid expenses and salaries.”

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The scores are level at 1-1 between the pair after Poirier handed McGregor his first-ever KO defeat inside the cage when they rematched at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi in January.

Sharing the news that the trilogy was official, the official UFC Twitter account wrote: “Let’s settle it in the octagon.”

Poirier passed up a shot at the lightweight title vacated by Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, instead opting for another lucrative payday against McGregor.
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PSG could rival Man Utd in Sancho race as Old Trafford chiefs outline demands

Manchester United could reportedly face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for the signing of Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer.

The 21-year-old winger was pursued by United last summer, but in the end they could not tempt Dortmund to lower their £110m valuation of the England international.

Talk of Sancho’s future has largely been overshadowed by his teammate Erling Haaland[1] in recent months, who is attracting the attention of a number of elite clubs all around Europe.

United are one of the potential destinations that have been touted for Haaland, but according to The Athletic[2] they are wary of getting into another drawn out transfer saga, and see Sancho as a more realistic option.

Jadon Sancho is still believed to be high up on Manchester United's wish-list
Jadon Sancho is still believed to be high up on Manchester United’s wish-list

However, PSG are also closely monitoring his situation, and could well make a move if Kylian Mbappe refuses to sign a new contract at Parc des Princes.

But Sancho’s preference is believed to be a move to the Premier League[3], and this could well be the summer he finally gets his dream move.

He is known to have a close friendship with the likes of Marcus Rashford, and has discussed a return to England while away on international duty with the Three Lions.

Dortmund are likely to be much more willing to let the player go this time around, especially if it allows them to hold onto Haaland for one more year.

United are wary of another drawn out transfer saga for Erling Haaland
United are wary of another drawn out transfer saga for Erling Haaland

And a bid in the region of £80m-90m for Sancho could tempt them to reluctantly sell up, with his contract set to expire in 2023.

In the meantime, Sancho is facing a race against time to return to fitness before his side’s Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Manchester City[4] on Wednesday.

He has recently been missing with a muscle injury, but returned to training on Sunday, and still has an outside chance of making the match.

References

  1. ^ Erling Haaland (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Athletic (theathletic.com)
  3. ^ Premier League (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Manchester City (www.mirror.co.uk)

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