Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United are intending to open Jadon Sancho transfer talks. And reports claim that’s because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with his centre-back options of Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof. The Red Devils had originally intended to pursue a new defender but, now, are poised to focus on other areas of their squad instead.
Manchester United are poised to go after Sancho yet again.
They’ve already missed out on signing the Borussia Dortmund star three times, in 2017, 2019 and 2020 respectively.
And while United are well-stocked in attack, boasting talents such as Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani, interest from Old Trafford remains strong.
It’s emerged that United intend to open talks with Borussia Dortmund over a deal for Sancho at the end of the campaign.
And that’s because they’ve now changed their mind when it comes to priority signings, according to Eurosport.
United boss Solskjaer had originally intended to pursue the arrival of a new centre-back, making that a priority ahead of the summer transfer window.
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But he’s happy enough with Bailly, Lindelof and Maguire for the time being.
United had earmarked Sevilla powerhouse Jules Kounde as a potential acquisition, with the Frenchman sparkling at the back for the La Liga giants.
Yet they’re now poised to focus their efforts on bringing Sancho to Old Trafford instead.
Should that happen he could rock up on the right wing of the Red Devils’ attack, an area they’ve struggled in ever since Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid back in 2009.
Antonio Valencia did well enough yet, towards the end of his time with the club, was moved to right-back instead.
Memphis Depay never lived up to expectations following his move from PSV Eindhoven in 2015, floundering for 18 months before being cut loose by Jose Mourinho.
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And Angel Di Maria, who touched down from Real Madrid in 2014, was another big flop.
United, should they sign Sancho, will be expected to unleash him right from the very beginning.
And he could feasibly strike up an impressive partnership with the likes of Greenwood and Rashford, who could play alongside him in the heart of their attack for many years to come.
Speaking recently, former United star Owen Hargreaves urged the club to end their search for a striker – and target the likes of Sancho and Leeds’ Raphinha instead.
“With Cavani there he is almost an insurance policy and you can maybe go spend the money on three other players in important positions,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“Cavani, if he played the whole season, he could get you 25 goals.”
He then added: “They are the second highest scorers in the Premier League already, is it really their biggest issue? Everybody could do with Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.
“Some of their best players are Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes. Those boys will get you enough goals.
“I don’t think its realistic for United to win the Premier League next season. But they have to find a way to bridge the gap.
“You bridge that gap by bringing in another centre back, bringing in another central midfielder and getting another right winger.
“A lot of people have played out on that right hand side and they haven’t really found it. I think to go find a winger, Jadon Sancho would be amazing.
“You think about Raphinha at Leeds, you think about what he could do at this United team. You can’t spend £100m on every player.”
Sancho previously admitted that he tries to avoid thinking too much about the future in football.
“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,” he said.
“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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