Man Utd: Jadon Sancho in profile
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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has offered his judgement on football director John Murtough’s transfer business. The Red Devils have already brought in Tom Heaton on a free transfer from Aston Villa as they boost their goalkeeping department.
But the clear standout piece of business has been finally seeing a bid for Jadon Sancho accepted by Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho has long been a target of United’s, with the Premier League club having botched a deal for him last summer.
The right winger position has been one of the few weaknesses in United’s squad in recent seasons.
As a result, signing Sancho was made a priority for this summer’s transfer window with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plotting a Premier League title challenge next season.
After seeing their initial bid for the 21-year-old knocked back by Dortmund, United last week saw an improved, £73million offer accepted.
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Personal terms between Sancho and United have already been agreed, with the move set to be completed following the conclusion of England’s participation at Euro 2020.
Maguire and Sancho are already team-mates on the international stage of course and have both played a part in the Three Lions’ run to the semi-finals.
After missing the first two games of the tournament as he recovered from an ankle injury, Maguire has been an ever-present in central defence.
He has helped England to go on a run of five successive clean sheets and also scored in their hammering of Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
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Sancho also started that match in Rome, putting in one of his best performances in an England shirt as they reached a second successive major tournament semi-final.
The winger very much whetted the appetite of United fans with his performance against Andriy Shevchenko’s side.
He was a constant threat throughout the game, building on what was another impressive season for Dortmund.
And Maguire hailed his expected move to United, labelling his England team-mate an “exceptional” talent.
“Jadon is a top player, exceptional talent, a young lad with a lot of experience,” Maguire said at an England press conference ahead of their semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday.
“His numbers speak for themselves, what he has done over in Germany. He is a great player. I don’t think it is a done deal yet.
“We can’t confirm he is a Manchester United player, I know it is close but he is still a Dortmund player as it stands.
“Of course, it is exciting times ahead and hopefully we will get it across the line.”
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