Manchester United have three alternatives to Jadon Sancho on their radar with Gareth Bale set to return to Tottenham, reports say. The Red Devils had been eyeing the Real Madrid star. But he’s instead determined to return to north London, having spent seven years at Spurs earlier in his career.
Manchester United have spent most the transfer window chasing Sancho, who starred for Dortmund last season with 17 goals and 17 assists.
However, the Red Devils have been unable to land the England international with the German giants holding firm in transfer negotiations so far.
Dortmund want £108million to part ways with the 20-year-old but United don’t want to go that high, instead hoping they can get a deal over the line for closer to £80m.
And ESPN say United currently have three alternatives in mind should Sancho continue to slip through their fingers.
They had been exploring a potential deal for Bale but, now, the forward will be returning to Tottenham instead.
And United have their sights set on Ivan Perisic, who was wanted by Jose Mourinho throughout his own time at the Old Trafford helm.
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Mourinho asked the Red Devils hierarchy to include Anthony Martial in swap deal for the Croatia international in the summer transfer window of 2018 – but they declined.
The Glazers insisted that Perisic wasn’t marketable enough and, in the time since, he’s become a star at the World Cup in Russia and won the Champions League with Bayern Munich.
And United could bring him to the Premier League, with the forward also previously wanted by Arsenal.
Another name in the frame is Douglas Costa, despite the Juventus star only scoring three goals for the Old Lady last term.
Juventus have put the Brazil international up for sale, with Antonio Conte deeming him surplus to requirements over in Turin.
And the third player United are eyeing is Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman, though may find landing the France international tricky given his recent heroics in the Champions League final.
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United, for their part, are still determined to sign Sancho.
But with time running out they may have to swoop for a different player instead.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, United legend Gary Neville opened up on Sancho and expressed a belief that the club should switch focus.
“Like everyone else they had three months off because of coronavirus, so I don’t think it should be the case they didn’t have the resource or time to get things done,” Neville told the Daily Mail.
“Chelsea got their business done, [Manchester] City have got three or four pieces done. I don’t think timing’s the issue.
“It’s just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.
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“They think they can hang on but they always pay it [the asking price] in the end.
“That’s sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say ‘we’re moving away from this deal’.”
He then added: “That’s been the frustration with Sancho.
“The fact that it’s dragged on. Just say to Dortmund ‘leave him there’ and go get another player.
“There are plenty of players around, there can’t be just one player you’re chasing.
“If you can’t get a deal done (for Sancho) you have to move on. You certainly have to give hard deadlines on players.”
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