Manchester United are facing pressure in their bid to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, with Real Madrid and Barcelona prepared to join the race for his signature if a deal can’t be concluded this summer.
Sancho’s future has emerged as the transfer-saga of the summer window, his current side insisting the winger is staying in Germany after United missed their deadline in which to complete a deal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, however, are refusing to give up on the England international despite failing to make a formal offer for his services, the club undeterred by Dortmund’s stance but so far unwilling to match Sancho’s £108m asking price.
Sancho has attracted the attention of Europe’s leading sides following his stellar performances since moving to the Bundesliga from Manchester City three years ago, though the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic has limited his potential options this summer.
According to the Mirror, however, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are monitoring his current situation, and will enter the race next summer should United fail to make a breakthrough.
I don’t know what Man UTD’s strategy is. And I know some Man UTD – fans in here will save my last tweets if Sancho should end up at Old Trafford.
But I don’t see Dortmund actions as a “strategy to get 120 mill” – I see it as a strategy to “keep the player”
— Jan Aage Fjortoft ?️? ?? (@JanAageFjortoft) August 14, 2020
Both sides are in need of a refresh and possess ageing squads, with the addition of Sancho – already one of the most statistically effective forwards in world football at just 20-years-old – viewed as a signing which could bolster their attacking options for the next decade.
The youngster has already shown his willingness to take on a new challenge following his move to Germany as a teenager and the reports of interest from Spain are only likely to raise the pressure on United vice-chairman Ed Woodward to secure his signing this summer.
Widespread reports have suggested United are unwilling to pay more than £80m for the winger in the current climate, a fee some way short of Dortmund’s British transfer-record valuation. The player himself is keen on a move to the Premier League and Old Trafford, but remains happy to remain with Dortmund for a further season and will not force an exit via a transfer request.