Euro 2020: Ronaldo coy on future amid Man Utd links
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Manchester United’s lengthy pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho could finally be nearing its end, with reports saying the clubs have finally agreed on a deal. Dortmund stuck firm to their £110million valuation last summer but are reportedly ready to shake hands on a transfer worth around £80m this time around.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and his Dortmund counterpart Hans Joachim-Watzke have been discussing the deal over the past few weeks and have now agreed a deal in principle.
According to The Mirror that deal entails an initial fee of £75m, plus an extra £5m in add-ons, while The Athletic reports that a fee of around £77.25m (€90m) ‘would clinch the deal’.
Sancho is currently fully focused on England’s last-16 tie against Germany at Euro 2020 on Tuesday, so the official announcement might not arrive until after the tournament.
All indications are that the 21-year-old winger is finally ready to swap Germany for Manchester – an exciting prospect for United fans, who have certainly had to be patient.
It is also good news for the majority of United’s players who will benefit from playing alongside a winger who contributed 16 goals and 15 assists for Dortmund last season.
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Not all United players will be happy with Sancho’s arrival at Old Trafford, however, with The Athletic saying that United are haggling with Dortmund over transfer instalments and add-ons ‘due to tight budgets’ at the club.
In order to afford Sancho, it therefore seems likely that United will have to sell some of their players to raise funds and free up some space on the wage bill.
An obvious player at threat of being sold is Anthony Martial, who is earning £250,000 a week and is under contract until June 2024.
Martial struggled for fitness last season and contributed just seven goals and four assists in 36 appearances across all competitions for United.
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According to ESPN, enquiries have already been made over the Frenchman, with Tottenham a potential suitor for the 25-year-old.
Despite his lack of form and failure to get into France’s Euro 2020 squad, Transfermarkt values Martial at £40.5m. And while that fee may be a bit generous, United could still earn useful money if they were to sell the misfiring forward.
Another player United could sell is Donny van de Beek, who has endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford following his £40m move from Ajax last year.
ESPN says Van de Beek wants to stay and fight for his place, but the Dutchman has been the subject of transfer rumours recently and Transfermarkt’s valuation of £27m could be tempting, even if it represents a significant loss on the club’s investment.
While those two players are perhaps speculative sales, there are much more realistic options available.
Jesse Lingard impressed hugely on loan with West Ham in the second half of last season and David Moyes is reportedly keen on making his move to east London permanent.
With just one year left to run on his £100,000 per week deal at United, it surely makes sense to cash in on Lingard’s form, with Transfermarkt’s £19.8m valuation in the right ballpark.
Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira, who spent last season on loan with Milan and Lazio respectively, could also fetch funds in the transfer window.
Meanwhile, Axel Tuanzebe’s chances of regular game time next campaign are looking slim, with United looking to bring in a world-class partner for Harry Maguire this summer.
It remains to be seen who is considered expendable by Solskjaer, but departures from Old Trafford are surely on the cards.
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