The current state of play is that Manchester United strongly want Jadon Sancho – and also admire Dayot Upamecano. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have less than a month to bring in new faces to accompany Donny van de Beek, who touched down from Ajax earlier in the month. And the Red Devils know the prices they must pay – but whether they do so is another matter entirely.
Manchester United have made one signing in the shape of Van de Beek, who signed from Ajax in a £40million deal earlier in September.
But they’re also eyeing more, with Sancho and Upamecano very much of interest at the current moment in time.
With Sancho, the interest dates back to 2017 when he was strutting his stuff for Manchester City’s academy.
United scouts earmarked him as a player of immense potential, believing they could also get one over on their fierce rivals by signing one of their hottest prospects in the process.
That year, the Red Devils spent big on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof – with Alexis Sanchez then joining from Arsenal in the January transfer window of 2018.
But United were gutted when they lost out on Sancho, with Dortmund swaying him to Germany with the guarantee of regular, first-team football.
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Since Solskjaer’s appointment as Jose Mourinho’s successor, the Norwegian has been eyeing the 20-year-old.
Yet the problem is Dortmund are stubborn negotiators and, at the current moment in time, refusing to budge on their £108million asking price.
United know that, if they stump up the cash, the Bundesliga giants will let Sancho go.
But they’re unwilling to pay that. Joel Glazer, in particular, is wary of the message that would send out at a time where the coronavirus crisis remains very much ongoing.
United don’t want to shatter any records, either. Paul Pogba remains their most-expensive recruit at £89m and the Red Devils are reluctant for anybody to gazump the France international.
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There are alternatives in mind.
The idea of Ivan Perisic on loan has been ‘floated’ yet the Inter Milan forward is expected to join Bayern Munich permanently, having impressed during a loan spell at the Allianz Arena.
Ousmane Dembele, Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa are also under consideration – but signing all three players have their pros and cons, unlike the no-brainer that is Sancho.
Regarding Upamecano, it’s believed RB Leipzig would demand £60m to part ways with the 21-year-old after he recently signed a contract extension.
However, the player’s will be allowed to leave the Red Bull Arena for a reduced fee of £38m in 12 months’ time due to a clause in his new deal.
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As a result, it’s looking increasingly likely that United will leave this one for the summer transfer window of 2021.
Solskjaer does want a new centre-back. He’s expected to lose at least three this summer, with Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones all considered surplus to requirements.
But it’s not a priority, unlike Sancho.
Whether United can make further additions to their squad is something only time will tell.
But time is running out and, with the club knowing the prices required, it looks like they may have to forget about their top two targets this time around.
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