Man Utd think Jadon Sancho wants Old Trafford transfer after ‘breakthrough’

Manchester United reportedly thinks Jadon Sancho wants a move to Old Trafford after reaching a ‘breakthrough’ on personal terms and agent fees. The Borussia Dortmund star is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target. But time is running out, with the transfer window slamming shut on October 5.

Manchester United have spent the summer chasing a deal for Sancho, who sparkled for Borussia Dortmund last season.

However, time is running out for Ed Woodward to land the 20-year-old with the transfer window shutting in less than a week.

United have looked at alternatives to the forward, including Ismaila Sarr, Kingsley Coman, Douglas Costa, Ivan Perisic and Ousmane Dembele.

Yet the Evening Standard say Sancho remains Solskjaer’s No 1 transfer target and, what’s more, is United believe the Dortmund star wants to move to Old Trafford.

It’s said that United think this after reaching a ‘breakthrough’ regarding personal terms and agent fees.

But the transfer deal remains in serious jeopardy, with Dortmund adamant their prized asset won’t be sold for anything less than £108million.

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That would make him the most-expensive signing in United’s history, dwarfing the £89m they paid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus back in the summer of 2016.

And the Red Devils simply don’t want to spend that much at the current moment in time, with the coronavirus crisis showing no signs of slowing down.

United chief Woodward warned fans earlier in the month that signings would be difficult to secure, with Donny van de Beek their sole arrival of the transfer window so far.

“Disruption from the pandemic is continuing to create huge economic pressures from the top to the bottom of the football pyramid,” he said.

“While we are fortunate to be in a more resilient position than most clubs, we are not immune from the impact.


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“Despite this, we are delighted to have brought in Donny van de Beek from Ajax, adding further quality to a midfield already strengthened by the recruitment of Bruno Fernandes in January.

Woodward also highlighted United giving new contracts to a plethora of players, insisting it was vital.

“As part of that process, we have also awarded new contracts to Nemanja Matic and academy graduates Dean Henderson, Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood over the past year,” he added.

“We have also continued to strengthen our thriving academy by attracting several promising young players from across Europe, including Marc Jurado from Barcelona and Alvaro Fernandez Carreras from Real Madrid.”

United legend Roy Keane feels the club needs strengthening to save Solskjaer from the sack.

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“The remit will be different for Ole this year,” Keane told Monday Night Football.

“I think last year, it was about getting into the top four – I know they got to three semi-finals – but it will be higher this year.

“They will certainly have to get a bit closer to Liverpool and Manchester City. The points total cannot be the same as it has been over the past three or four years.

“Ole will probably have to get his hands on a trophy. I think the honeymoon period is certainly over for Ole, and the pressure starts to mount now, particularly with the performances like that over the last week or so.”

When asked if failure to finish in the top four could signal the end of the road for Solskjaer, Keane added: “Yeah, I think so.

“If you’re the manager of Man United, and they can invest in the next week and buy one or two… if they don’t invest in the next week, then it’s tough days ahead.”

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