Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
Chelsea and Liverpool have reportedly joined the race for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho. Manchester United were the front runners for the winger’s signature but they no longer have a monopoly as other sides are ready to join the hunt.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Sancho his No 1 target this summer but Ed Woodward failed to complete the transfer.
Negotiations dragged on for many months but the Red Devils ultimately refused to meet Dortmund’s £108million valuation.
Sancho has struggled for form this campaign so it is unclear if the Bundesliga will still continue to demand such a substantial fee.
Other clubs could not pay nine-figures during the previous transfer window as the world was in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
But there could be more money available to spend at the end of the season which will entice more Sancho suitors.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea and Liverpool will battle United next summer.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard spent over £200m heading into the 2020/21 campaign whereas Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp was restricted to cheaper deals.
Both managers, along with Solskjaer, are expected to have funds to spend in six months.
On the Que Golazo podcast, Romano claimed Liverpool and Chelsea will “frustrate” United as a bidding war could ensue.
Sancho has yet to score a goal in 11 Bundesliga appearances this season but Dortmund caretaker manager Edin Terzic is not worried.
”He really wants to win, he really wants to show something,” said Terzic, who stepped in when Lucien Favre was sacked earlier this month.
“But what Jadon lacks is the ease and magic we are used to from him.”
Meanwhile, former United striker Louis Saha has tipped Solskjaer to spend big.
“It’s unfortunate Man United couldn’t get deals in place for Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho last summer because they are two amazing players,” the former Red Devils striker told Ladbrokes.
“I know less about Grealish but I think he would have fitted perfectly into this team – but for me, I’m sorry, Sancho is just such an unbelievable player.
“He’s unpredictable, he’s such a great talent and if he was playing for United with Bruno Fernandes, you just know as a striker you’re going to score goals because of the two of those.
“Man United did miss out on the two of them in the summer, but hopefully they’ll have another chance to sign them soon. My choice of the two would be Sancho over Grealish. Both are amazing players and they’d improve any side. They’re so confident and would be really useful for Man United’s strikers.
“Fernandes has done a great job in helping United since arriving earlier this year, so could you imagine what another player of his level would do to the team?”
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