Moves to strengthen Manchester United squad for next season’s UEFA Champions League football continue to gather momentum with the Old Trafford Landlords stepping up their pursuit to snatch Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the England international for next season as United prepare to make an opening bid for the Germany-based player.
Official sources in Old Trafford confirmed that the Manchester clubside are making no pretence about their desire to have Sancho on board as part of preparations to challenge for the Premiership title and other silverware’s in the new season soccer season
With United’s 2-0 win over Leicester City on the final day of the Premier League season securing Champions League qualification for Ole Solskjaer’s side, Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward and Chief negotiator, Matt Judge are now expected to push ahead with their plans to bring Sancho to the Theatre of Dreams.
Reports indicate that a formal bid has not yet been submitted to Dortmund, but feelers are that the Bundesliga outfit currently value the former Manchester City trainee at £120 million ($154m).
However, Woodward has warned that it will not be “business as usual” in the transfer window this summer due to the impact of the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic globally.
This is as official club sources dismissed claims that United will spend more than £100m ($129m) on any player in the transfer market.
Also, strong indications have emerged that United are looking to negotiate an initial deal for Sancho worth around £80m ($103m), with add-ons included to potentially increase the final fee to almost £100 million.
Dortmund are willing to part with Sancho and have already started planning for life without the 20-year-old, but there will have to be compromise from both sides if a deal is to be agreed.
Jesse Lingard, whose future is in doubt at Old Trafford, believes the Dortmund star would be a good addition to Solskjaer’s side as they push to compete for the Premier League next season.
“Jadon is a brilliant player. It is obviously up to him,’ Lingard told Goal on Thursday. “I’ve seen him with England, I’ve seen his qualities and I feel like he’d be a great addition to any team.”
As well as a right-sided attacker, Solskjaer also has a midfielder and a centre-back on his transfer wish list this summer, and there is an understanding at the club that they know they need to strengthen if they are going to build on this season’s third-place finish.
“There’s definitely not going to be any complacency and thinking, ‘We’ve cracked it’ because we’ve got so much to do. It’s an enjoyable journey,” Solskjaer said.
“We can see improvements but, yes, we need to make one or two – or more – very good decisions. It’s going to be an important summer, definitely.”
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish remains among the players United are targeting while they may also target a striker who can replace former Nigerian international, Odion Ighalo, once his loan move from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, expires in January 2021 – With reports from Goal.com