Manchester United have submitted an improved £75million bid for Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to land his top target ahead of the new season, according to reports. The 21-year-old has been on the club’s radar for some time and could finally make the switch to Old Trafford this summer after the Red Devils failed in their efforts to secure his services a year ago.
United pushed hard to sign Sancho last summer but were unable to meet Dortmund’s reported nine-figure asking price which ultimately poured cold water on their hopes of a deal.
The England man stayed in Germany as a result and went on to play a significant role in helping the Bundesliga heavyweights to achieve Champions League qualification and seal their fifth DFB-Pokal triumph.
Sancho chipped in with 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad for Euro 2020 in the process.
United have rekindled their interest in the Camberwell native ahead of the new campaign, with Solskjaer keen on adding a top-class winger to his ranks in order to aid a renewed Premier League title challenge.
Sancho is said to be a priority target for the 20-time champions, who acted on their desire to bring the former City starlet back to Manchester with a formal offer, according to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten.
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And it is now believed that United have returned with a second bid for the player, with personal terms said to have already been settled.
However, the offer reportedly fails to match Dortmund’s valuation of £81.6million plus bonuses, a figure that is understood to be non-negotiable.
Sancho’s current employers want the situation to be resolved by mid-July at the latest, suggesting that United could miss out on his signature once again if they fail to strike a deal at club level within the next four weeks.
It seems as though Dortmund are planning for life without the forward after reportedly identifying PSV Eindhoven teenager Noni Madueke as a potential replacement.
It remains to be seen whether United will be able to complete a move for Sancho this time around, but the Old Trafford club appear determined to follow through on their interest after years of admiring the player from afar.
Solskjaer’s side have looked two or three players short of being able to challenge City for the Premier League title in recent outings, and the addition of Sancho would see the 47-year-old benefit from the additional star quality at his disposal.
However, former Liverpool forward John Barnes recently suggested that United will struggle to return to the summit even if they manage to land the Dortmund winger this summer.
“They’ll still be inconsistent,” Barnes told Bonus Code Bets earlier this month.
“Manchester United’s problem hasn’t been their attacking play and scoring goals. They’ve got [Edinson] Cavani, [Mason] Greenwood, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Paul] Pogba, they’re all good attackers.
“Sancho will add to that, but their problem is that they’ve not been consistent enough and they’ve conceded goals and lost matches because they’re not strong enough defensively.
“It’ll be a good signing for them – a young English player which is what you want in the squad. But I don’t think it will make them challengers.
“They’ll be in the top four, but they’re not consistent enough and they haven’t got the right balance between attack and defence to compete with Manchester City or Liverpool.”