Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United haven’t ruled out signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports. The England international has been on the club’s transfer radar since his time at Manchester City. And with the Bundesliga giants open to a summer sale, a potential move to Old Trafford could finally be on the cards.
Manchester United first tried to bring Sancho to Old Trafford back in the summer transfer window of 2017.
However, they ultimately missed out on a deal with the player leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund instead.
United enquired about a deal for Sancho two years later but, after failing to qualify for the Champions League, they were unsuccessful.
And it was a similar story back in the summer, with Dortmund’s desire to secure £108million for their prized asset pricing United out of a deal.
Now, however, the Manchester Evening News say United haven’t ruled out going back in for the player.
And that’s despite Erling Haaland appearing to be their preference at the current moment in time, having scored 31 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined.
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United are open to signing Sancho after Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watkze recently said they’d entertain significant offers for the player at the end of the season.
“I’m not getting involved in probabilities, it’s no good,” said Watzke when asked about the prospect of both Haaland and Sancho being at Westfalenstadion next season.
“Jadon Sancho has been with us much longer than Erling Haaland. We’ll have to speak to Jadon too.
“If there is an exceptional offer we will discuss it with the player and the agent, as always.
“Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.
“Especially at the really big clubs you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted, and they are not small ones that heal within two weeks.”
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For Dortmund to keep both of their prized assets, or to demand higher fees for them, they’ll need Champions League football.
And, at the current moment in time, that looks unlikely.
They’re currently fifth in the Bundesliga table, seven points adrift of the final Champions League qualifying place with six games to go.
And they’ll lose any negotiating power for the duo if they’re forced to strut their stuff in the Europa League next term instead.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Ian Wright urged United to still try and sign Sancho – despite their interest in Haaland.
“I’d still try and get Sancho as well to go with him,” Wright said.
“I envisage that if you can have a Man United side that had Pogba, Fernandes, Haaland and Sancho… you know what I mean?
“Then you start to feel that somewhere along the line you’re going to get some creativity there.
“My problem with Man United when I watch them is that they don’t keep the ball well enough in that last third where the creativity is needed to open a West Ham up, move defenders around, a link man like the forward who can hold it, keep it there on the edge of the box, play it around to someone like Fernandes who can slip it into little spaces.
“Then all of a sudden you can counter attack or you can play through them. That’s what they need, any of those two.
“I don’t think Sancho is something that they should just give up on because he’s creative as well, he goes past people.”
Solskjaer has previously warned fans not to expect a busy summer transfer window while the coronavirus crisis rumbles on.
“[The pandemic] is definitely affecting everyone in football. Of course the lack of income, the finances have affected everyone,” he said.
“We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”
Solskjaer added: “You can look at it different ways [with a] rebuild. We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities.
“All clubs in the world are going through the same situation so it’s no different for other clubs than for us. I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.”
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