Jadon Sancho addresses transfer talk as Manchester United and Dortmund negotiate £108m deal

Jadon Sancho has addressed the intense speculation over his future as Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund continue talks over a deal.

Dortmund are demanding £108million for the England winger, who scored 17 goals and provided 17 assists last season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign his no.1 summer target and United are understood to be relaxed about the player returning to training with Dortmund.

Sancho says he tries to ignore rumours about his future and is instead concentrating on getting his fitness back during pre-season.

“I try not to look at the media because I think once you start looking at all that it would be easy to get carried away with it,” Sancho told Soccerbible.

“It can affect players. For me it’s about not looking at those things and just focusing on trying to do the best I can on the pitch. Especially in training.

“For me it’s about improving every single day. It’s important for me to keep a smile on my face and keep happy.

“I don’t really look at all the noise and all that stuff. I’d rather keep my head down, keep focus and improve every day.”

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CASH SPLASH: $1.08M worth of decisions before council today

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council will meet in Bowen today for the first meeting since the 2020-21 budget was announced.

Take a look at a few of the key talking points that will be brought to the table today:

‘Peppercorn’ price

In today’s meeting, the council will make a decision on negotiations over a land lease with community radio station Island FM.

The station currently has telecommunications equipment on the council’s telecommunications tower located at the Bowen Reservoir.

The council is looking to enter into a formal lease agreement with the station for the equipment to mitigate the council’s risk “in the event of damage to the infrastructure”.

The council agenda stated the lease may be offered “at a peppercorn rate”.

Event sponsorship

The council will consider a request for sponsorship from Burdekin Offroaders Inc to host the 2020 Don River Dash.

Organisers have requested a $7500 donation and up to $10,000 for in kind support for the event, which is set to take place in September.

The council will make a call on a donation to the Don River Dash event during the meeting today. Pictured is Bill Geddes driving up a storm, who took out King of the River at the inaugural Don River Dash. Picture: Supplied

Future of projects unknown

The council will also make a call today on a project set to be put forward for more than $1 million in Federal Government funding as part of the COVID-19 economic stimulus response.

The council can apply for one or more projects and there is a recommendation in the minutes for the money to be invested into the Chapman St Off-Street Parking Facility Project.

This project involves the construction of an off-street carpark in Proserpine that will provide council officers parking spaces in a designated area.

It is stated in the agenda that “the project will benefit the business sector of Proserpine including hospitality and retail and better provide access to visitors to this popular tourism precinct.”

If this project is not supported, council may decide to nominate the Airlie Lagoon Deck and Shared Cycleway and further development to Proserpine RV Park projects that have a combined construction cost of $1.15M instead.

Sculpture donation

The council will vote today on whether to accept the donation of a turtle sculpture from the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach.

The sculpture is set to be placed at Whisper Bay as part of Rotary’s Heritage Trail Project.

The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach has approached the council with the donation of a turtle sculpture.

The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach has approached the council with the donation of a turtle sculpture.

Men’s Shed

Council will also vote on the approval of a $20,000 donation to the Bowen Men’s Shed to relocate a building from the Bowen Coke Works to their Dalrymple St site.

Members of the Men’s Shed originally intended to purchase a new shed but found it to be too expensive.

The group became aware of the chance to use a building that currently stands at the Coke Works with pre-existing electrical infrastructure, benches and a small external landing.

They received a quote of $38,500 for the removal, relocation and restumping of the shed.

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