Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is prepared to in excess of £100million to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer. The England international has dazzled in the Bundesliga, being directly involved in 29 goals from just 23 appearances. And, despite Chelsea being keen, optimism is growing behind the scenes at Old Trafford that a deal can be struck.
Manchester United actually wanted to sign Sancho last summer having watched him shine for Dortmund over in Germany.
In the end that didn’t happen, though, with the club’s failure to secure Champions League football seeing the 20-year-old stay put at the Westfalenstadion.
United are keen on Sancho again, however, and Woodward is hoping he can make the England international the club’s marquee signing of the summer.
And the Evening Standard say the Red Devils supremo has set a price of in excess of £100m in order to secure the player’s signature.
That would mean making Sancho the costliest signing in their entire history.
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Paul Pogba currently tops that list, setting the Red Devils back £89m when he returned from Juventus in the summer of 2016.
And Harry Maguire and Romelu Lukaku also make up United’s three most-expensive recruits, costing £80m and £75m respectively.
It’s claimed that United are solely focused on signing Sancho having backed out of negotiations to land Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.
Ziyech was of interest to the club but it was announced in January the Morocco international would be moving to Chelsea instead.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted the club would exploit other teams in this summer’s transfer window.
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“Football is going to get back to normality at one point, and it’s very important we’re ready when that happens,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“Then, the market, who knows how the market is going to react to this? Who knows which clubs need to sell players?
“There might be just a situation there where you can exploit.
“And I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off.”
And Woodward has previously vowed to back the Norwegian, saying: “The recruitment department is working to a clear plan and philosophy, along with Ole and his coaching staff.
“Our focus is on bringing in a combination of experience and the best young players with potential to develop further, fusing graduates from our academy with high-quality acquisitions.
“Our recruitment process focuses on analysis and selection of players over the course of a season, with a view to the following summer transfer window.
“As part of the rebuild we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.
“There has been no shortage of investment in players over the past few years, with over £200m spent since Ole became manager.
“Our aim is to ensure that we continue to achieve consistency in quality of recruitment.”
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