Strap yourselves in Manchester United fans, your Jadon Sancho saga is not quite done and dusted just yet.
Despite spending more than a year bumbling through negotiations in a futile attempt to secure the signing of the Borussia Dortmund star, the Manchester United hierarchy are seemingly set to return with renewed interest during the winter window.
Sancho was the club’s number one transfer target during the summer transfer window, though the Premier League side failed to make a breakthrough with Dortmund holding out for a British transfer-record fee of £108m – a figure deemed unrealistic by the Red Devils in the current financial climate despite reportedly bidding within just £10m of the record-breaking sum.
The England international remains high on the club’s transfer wish-list and, according to 90min, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will revisit the deal during the January transfer window.
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United fans will hope that Ed Woodward and the much-maligned figures of power at Old Trafford have learned their lessons from attempting to bully one of Europe’s best-run football clubs during the summer, Dortmund unrelenting in their demands having put their cards firmly on the table, laying out what would have been an acceptable valuation and deadline for a deal to be struck.
United failed to meet those demands and have since endured a disappointing start to the season, sitting in the Premier League’s bottom half after winning just three of their opening seven league fixtures and failing to register a single victory in four home fixtures so far this season.
Solskjaer has long sought an elite winger to transform his side’s attack and Sancho – who scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in just 25 Bundesliga starts last season – is the man his sights have been firmly set on for some time with the 20-year-old reportedly keen on a return to English football.
The Norwegian will hope his penny-pinching boardroom have acknowledged their mistakes of the summer and eventually dig deep to back him, the report suggesting United will attempt to agree a deal in January for Sancho to move to Old Trafford during the summer, in a similar agreement to that which took Christian Pulisic from Dortmund to Chelsea in 2019.
Even if the report is correct, United fans have been down this road before, and are unlikely to hold out much hope.