Manchester United will meet Borussia Dortmund’s staggering asking price for Jadon Sancho, according to Jamie Carragher. United have been courting Sancho throughout the past season but talks with Dortmund have hit a snag on account of the Bundesliga outfit’s £108million valuation.
Carragher, though, is confident the Red Devils will ultimately splash the cash for the young winger because the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has nothing left to lose.
The Liverpool legend claims the Manchester giants might want to pick up the pace as they currently have a clear run for the 20-year-old’s signature.
The footballer-turned-pundit expects his former club to swoop in for the England international next summer if United’s bid fails and he stays at Dortmund.
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Carragher said during a Q&A on the Daily Telegraph: “I think United will eventually pay what they need to pay.
“Ed Woodward is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. When United have paid big fees for players in the past we have all laughed and said, ‘They’ve been done again’.
“People call Woodward a joke because selling clubs can get an extra £10 million or £20 million from him.
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“But now Borussia Dortmund have asked £108 million for Sancho and because United have not paid it straight away everyone is criticising again.
“United have almost got a clear run at Sancho now, but that will change if he is still at Dortmund next year. I would be very surprised if Liverpool did not try to sign him next summer.
“Unless United get a couple more in then I cannot see how they will challenge City and Liverpool at the top. United also need a centre-back.
“But the fact that Chelsea have signed Thiago Silva tells you there are not many great central defenders out there.”
Sancho has stood out at Dortmund ever since moving to the Signal Iduna Park from Manchester City in 2017.
The young forward has recorded a total of 34 goals as well as 43 assists in 99 appearances across all competitions.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now set to take a book out of his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and build a team around young talent.
And Sancho’s incredible performances in the Bundesliga have turned him into the perfect example of a player that could realise Solskjaer’s vision.
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