Manchester United will be left “kicking themselves” if they fail to sign Jadon Sancho, according to Jamie Redknapp. The Red Devils have been chasing the Borussia Dortmund winger’s signature all summer long.
United have had several approaches for the England international rebuffed by Dortmund, all of which have fallen short of Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the 20-year-old.
Their reluctance to meet Dortmund’s asking price has left the door open for one of Europe’s big boys to swoop in for the Manchester City academy graduate.
And Redknapp believes such a scenario would leave United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward with egg on his face.
“If you don’t sign him now who knows, he might end up going to Barcelona and you end up kicking yourself,” Redknapp said of United’s pursuit of Sancho during an interview with Sky Sports. “I’m sure everyone would want him.
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Jamie Redknapp on Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho
“There are times when you’ve got to pay up and go and buy a player, a big player.
“I know it’s a lot of money but it’s only in relation to when they signed Wayne Rooney, who was the best young player in the country, maybe one of the best in the world at the time.
“You had to pay top dollar for him and when you want to buy the best young players the premium is so high.
“But if you feel he’s going to make the difference for you, you’ve got to go and get him. It’s as simple as that.
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“If that means upsetting a Martial or someone like that, well unlucky. Competition, at times, is what you need.”
United have only made one new addition to their squad this summer, much to the disappointment of many of the Old Trafford faithful.
That new arrival came in the form of Netherlands international Donny van de Beek, who the Red Devils signed from Ajax last month for a fee of £40million.
Solskjaer is keen to further reinforce his squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday night and has revealed the club is working behind the scenes to bring in more new faces.
Speaking after United’s Carabao Cup fourth-round victory over Brighton on Wednesday, Solskjaer said: “I can’t give you any news. We are working with what we have got. We have a big squad. We changed 10 players from Saturday.
“If there is any update, we will let you know. I don’t comment on other teams’ players. I can’t concern myself with other clubs.
“I know the club is working well and hard to have a strong squad as possible. Sometimes speculation is there and we can’t control that.”
United will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, welcoming Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham to Old Trafford.
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