Jadon Sancho could join Liverpool next summer rather than Manchester United, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star has been pursued relentlessly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward throughout the transfer window. But he’s now likely to stay at the Westfalenstadion instead of moving to Old Trafford.
Sancho to Manchester United has dominated the headlines this transfer window.
But, with the club having less than 24 hours to make more signings, time is running out for Solskjaer’s side to conclude a deal.
United have been unwilling to pay Borussia Dortmund’s huge £108million asking price for the 20-year-old, mindful of how such an act would look at a time where the coronavirus crisis remains ongoing.
As a result they’re now likelier to land Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona instead, with the La Liga giants hoping for a permanent deal that can fund the signing of Memphis Depay from Lyon.
And the Independent say that many feel Sancho could now move to Liverpool next summer, rather than joining United.
Jurgen Klopp would have moved for the Dortmund star this summer in an ideal world.
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But, with the Reds hit hard by the pandemic like many other clubs in the top flight, they were forced to settle for the signing of Diogo Jota instead.
Should United miss out on Sancho altogether it would be damning, especially given how well-documented their pursuit has been.
Yet it appears Dembele is now a more plausible option this late in the day and, should the France international join, he’d link up with compatriots Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba at the Theatre of Dreams.
Pogba himself has talked the 23-year-old round, advocating a move to United despite his own desire to leave for Real Madrid earlier in the summer.
And, speaking on Sunday night, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman admitted he was unsure if Dembele would still be at the Nou Camp come Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.
“What is certain in the world? I don’t know,” said the Dutchman after his side’s 1-1 draw with Sevilla.
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“At the moment, he’s a Barcelona player. There’s still one day left for incomings and outgoings. We’ll see.
“I opted for [Francisco] Trincao, Pedri and [Miralem] Pjanic [off the bench].
“We needed more control and that’s why I made these changes.”
Meanwhile, speaking after United’s 6-1 battering to Tottenham on Sunday night, Patrice Evra took aim at the board for their failure to sign players.
“Alexis Sanchez made a comment recently when he first signed for United, his first training session, he asked his agent to end his contract, that’s what I’m going to ask with Sky – I really want to end my contract with Sky because this is my second game,” Evra told Sky Sports at full-time.
“I’m a positive person, but I never want to talk about United because every time you tell the truth, it can hurt.
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“I’m passionate and I love my club, but I know you have to have some filter when you talk on TV, but it’s a shambles.
“Gary Neville, I hear him say Maguire needs a break to go with the national team, we always talk about pairing him with someone, but what about taking him out of the squad?
“I don’t want to criticise players, I am someone, I’ve been there – it’s very difficult. Tonight, no-one has any excuse, they let down all of the United fans.
“I don’t care about the result because I’ve been beaten 6-1, but every year, it’s the same story. I feel now what every United fan does, that’s why I prefer to do any other game than United if I keep working for Sky.”
He then added: “I feel sad for the manager, but after this, we are going to start talking about the manager – he’s the next one.
“What about the board? It’s how many years since Ferguson left? How many managers have been sacked? Every year we say Ole isn’t the man, maybe he’s not.”
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