Zidane suggested Hakimi move was more than a football decision

By Sports Desk July 02, 2020

Zidane explained why Achraf Hakimi was being sold hours before he sealed his Inter Milan move.

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    - Staying at Old Trafford, and The Guardian claims United will listen to offers for Jesse Lingard as they try to prise Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. United and Dortmund are still negotiating a transfer for Sancho, according to widespread reports.

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