Manchester United will not give in to Borussia Dortmund’s demands and pay the asking price for Jadon Sancho like they did with Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, according to Sky Sports reporter James Cooper. Dortmund still want £108million for Sancho but United are not willing to pay that much for the 20-year-old, who remains their first-choice target for this window.
United were initially not prepared to pay Leicester City’s £80m asking price for centre-back Maguire before eventually completing a deal in August 2019.
The Red Devils also stalled over Sporting Lisbon’s demands for Fernandes in January before signing the midfielder for £46.6m on deadline day.
But Cooper says there is no chance United will “capitulate” and pay what Dortmund want for Sancho.
“There are games involved in transfers,” Cooper told Sky Sports News.
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“Manchester United have had all sorts of pursuits for all sorts of players and one of the things that is thrown at them quite regularly is the last two major signings they made at Old Trafford – Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes – where they stamped their feet, said they wouldn’t pay and then finally they ended up paying exactly what both those clubs, Leicester and Sporting Lisbon, wanted.
“I’ve been told this morning that won’t be the case with Jadon Sancho.
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“There won’t be a kind of capitulation last minute with Manchester United writing that £100m cheque that we’ve talked about. I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
Sancho would add pace and goals to an already-exciting United frontline.
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But former Tottenham midfielder Tim Sherwood does not think the England international is a necessity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I don’t think they need Jadon Sancho, I really don’t,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.
“Listen, if they’ve got the money to go out and get Jadon Sancho, you’d bring him in because you want as many good players as you can at your football club.
“But he’s similar to what they’ve got. They’ve got [Mason] Greenwood, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Daniel] James, who played so much more than we expected him to.
“He ended up, especially at the early part of last season, as their main player. He was excellent.
“So they’ve got pace. All of those players that I’ve mentioned, like Sancho, have got pace and they’re very threatening when teams play a high line against them.”
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