Manchester United have talked with Jadon Sancho’s camp about a potential move to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports. The England international has long been a target for the club. And, with Borussia Dortmund looking likely to miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League, a blockbuster deal could be on the cards.
Interest in Sancho from United actually predates Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time in charge.
They first tried to bring him to Old Trafford back in the summer transfer window of 2017, when the forward was strutting his stuff for Manchester City across town.
However, United missed out on that occasion with Sancho choosing to move to the Westfalenstadion having been swayed by the promise of regular first-team football.
They’ve remained admirers in the time since, failing to snap him up in 2019 and 2020.
Yet 90min claim that United remain interested in signing Sancho, despite missing out on him multiple times before.
It’s claimed they’ve ‘maintained open lines of communication’ with the player’s representatives.
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And they were also impressed by the maturity Sancho showed last summer, when speculation linking him with a move to United intensified.
United think they can sign Sancho for potentially just half of Borussia Dortmund’s previous asking price, which was believed to be in the region of £100million.
And though they’re also keen to secure the signing of Erling Haaland, they could yet land the former City forward instead.
Sancho isn’t the only player on United’s radar ahead of the summer.
Solskjaer wants to sign a new right-back to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, having seen Luke Shaw kick on following the arrival of Alex Telles.
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United thought about signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid in the New Year, while Norwich’s Max Aarons has also been linked.
A centre-back is wanted, too.
United have long pined for the arrival of Raphael Varane and, with the France international’s contract expiring next summer, a deal could take place.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres has also been linked, as well as Brighton’s Ben White.
United may be forced into signing a midfielder should Paul Pogba go.
And key figures within Old Trafford believe Declan Rice would be a good recruit, with the England international impressing at West Ham this season.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Ian Wright urged United to still try and sign Sancho – despite their interest in Haaland.
“I’d still try and get Sancho as well to go with him,” Wright said.
“I envisage that if you can have a Man United side that had Pogba, Fernandes, Haaland and Sancho… you know what I mean?
“Then you start to feel that somewhere along the line you’re going to get some creativity there.
“My problem with Man United when I watch them is that they don’t keep the ball well enough in that last third where the creativity is needed to open a West Ham up, move defenders around, a link man like the forward who can hold it, keep it there on the edge of the box, play it around to someone like Fernandes who can slip it into little spaces.
“Then all of a sudden you can counter attack or you can play through them. That’s what they need, any of those two.
“I don’t think Sancho is something that they should just give up on because he’s creative as well, he goes past people.”
Solskjaer has previously warned fans not to expect a busy summer transfer window while the coronavirus crisis rumbles on.
“[The pandemic] is definitely affecting everyone in football. Of course the lack of income, the finances have affected everyone,” he said.
“We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”