Manchester United are now hoping to have Borussia Dortmund playmaker Jadon Sancho available for their season opener, following manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer frustrations.
The 20-year-old has emerged as Europe’s hottest talent following his switch to Dortmund in 2017 and has been linked with a move to Old Trafford over the past year or so – although his current club are holding firm on their valuation of the player.
United are still to agree a fee with Dortmund, who have demanded €120 million (£108m) for the talented forward – despite the economic impact of COVID-19 – although it was widely reported that there had been a ‘breakthrough’ in talks with the forward’s agent on Wednesday, with the player’s wages and agent fees now said to have been agreed.
With the season fast approaching, and following the most recent developments, Norwegian outlet Dagbladet have claimed that ‘the club have ambitions that Sancho will be ready for the season opener against Crystal Palace’ – United having apparently put forward a proposal last month to pay an initial £90m plus a further £18m in performance-related add ons.
– Solskjær frustrated because it takes too long
– club more and more safe though that they will get the player
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The Red Devils’ European commitments towards the end of last season mean they will not feature this weekend as the 2020/21 Premier League campaign gets underway, with their first fixture against Palace taking place the following week on September 19.
The extended break should provide Ed Woodward and co with the opportunity to finally get the deal done, with the report claiming that Solskjaer has become ‘frustrated by the club’s lack of progress in the transfer market’.
So far, the Red Devils have only brought in Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek this summer, yet are continuing their pursuit of England international Sancho as they look to strengthen in wide areas, while they have also been linked with adding a left-back and a centre-back to their ranks.
The Norwegian sees Sancho as his priority target this summer as United look to bridge the gap between themselves and last season’s champions Liverpool, and Solskjaer has already held ‘several conversations’ with the Englishman in a bid to persuade him to move to Old Trafford.