Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United remain interested in Jadon Sancho, even if Erling Haaland remains their preferred target. The Borussia Dortmund star was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target back in the summer. But they ended up missing out, with Joel Glazer playing a role.
United haven’t shelved interest in Sancho completely.
They first tried to sign the England international back in the summer transfer window of 2017, when news emerged that he’d be leaving Manchester City behind.
United ended up missing out to Dortmund, however, who enticed him to the Westfalenstadion with a guarantee of regular first-team football.
The Red Devils tried again two years later but, having failed to qualify for the Champions League, were unable to land the forward.
And, in the summer transfer window just gone, United again failed.
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Solskjaer really wanted the 21-year-old, believing he’d be a vital asset in his attack as he aimed for an improved campaign.
And Ed Woodward, to his credit, tried.
The Athletic reported earlier in the season that United actually accoladed funds for the signing of Sancho – but were rocked by Dortmund’s big asking price.
The Bundesliga giants wanted a fee of £108million to part ways with the forward, who had illuminated German football the previous season.
But Glazer then interfered, making it clear a deal was ‘too much money’.
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United didn’t want to spend big at a time where the coronavirus crisis was raging on, something that’s still the case today.
And if they’re to sign Sancho, it’s only likely to be if Dortmund slash their asking price.
Haaland, for now, is a priority target.
But with the Norway international also being linked with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona, Sancho could find himself on United’s radar again.
Liverpool have emerged as potential suitors for the 21-year-old, too.
Yet it seems unfeasible they’ll sign Sancho unless one of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino or Mohamed Salah leaves Anfield behind.
United had even reserved the No 7 shirt for the Dortmund star.
But they ended up giving it to Edinson Cavani instead, with the 34-year-old scoring 10 goals across all competitions in the time since.
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.”
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