Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United intend to open talks over the signing of Jadon Sancho when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign, according to reports. The England international has long been on the Red Devils’ radar. And, this summer, they could finally land their man.
Manchester United’s interest in Sancho actually predates Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time in charge.
The Red Devils first tried to sign the England international back in the summer of 2017 once it became clear he was ready to leave Manchester City behind.
However, Jose Mourinho missed out with the youngster choosing to embark on a new adventure with Borussia Dortmund instead.
United tested the waters in 2019 but missed out again, having failed to qualify for the Champions League.
And they were priced out of a deal a year ago, signing Edinson Cavani as a late alternative on transfer deadline day.
In the time since, United have welcomed young duo Facundo Pellistri and Amad to Old Trafford – with the former currently on loan with La Liga side Facundo Pellistri.
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Yet Eurosport say United will open talks with Dortmund over a deal for Sancho and, what’s more, think the 21-year-old is ready to join.
Sancho was keen to return to England last year but stayed silent and worked his way through the summer, showing remarkable character for such a young player.
And United are now ready to reward his patience by going back in for the forward, who has scored six goals and registered nine assists from 23 Bundesliga matches.
However, there is a catch.
While Dortmund have indicated they’d be willing to let Sancho go for the right price, they’re currently unwilling to meet his asking price of £85million.
It’s claimed that’s closer to the fee they wanted to fork out for the Dortmund star a year ago.
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But it’s still too high for United, whose finances have been hit hard by the pandemic.
United will try and negotiate the fee and feel they have a better chance of signing Sancho than at any point previously.
It’s also claimed they may be able to ‘push the boat out a bit more than previously intended’ after tying Eric Bailly down to a new contract.
A centre-back was initially Solskjaer’s priority but, now, it seems things have changed.
United are said to be happy with their options at the back, with Bailly fighting it out with the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof for a starting berth.
And while they admired Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, they could sign a cheaper defender instead to ensure they’re covered in the event of any injuries or suspensions.
Should United sign Sancho, it would likely be the final nail in Jesse Lingard’s coffin.
Solskjaer has indicated he’d like the England international back at the club amid his dazzling performances for West Ham under David Moyes.
But Sancho would potentially push Lingard further down Solskjaer’s pecking order, something the Hammers loan star doesn’t want to happen.
Speaking last summer, Louis Saha expressed a belief his old side should still try and sign Sancho – despite being priced out a of a deal.
“It’s unfortunate Man Utd couldn’t get deals in place for Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho last summer because they are two amazing players,” Saha told Ladbrokes.
“I know less about Grealish but I think he would have fitted perfectly into this team – but for me, I’m sorry, Sancho is just such an unbelievable player.
“He’s unpredictable, he’s such a great talent and if he was playing for United with Bruno Fernandes, you just know as a striker you’re going to score goals because of the two of those.
“Man Utd did miss out on the two of them in the summer, but hopefully they’ll have another chance to sign them soon.”
He then added: “My choice of the two would be Sancho over Grealish.
“Both are amazing players and they’d improve any side. They’re so confident and would be really useful for Man Utd’s strikers.
“Fernandes has done a great job in helping United since arriving earlier this year, so could you imagine what another player of his level would do to the team?”
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