Man Utd may have secret weapon over Liverpool in Jadon Sancho transfer hunt

Manchester United fans storm the Old Trafford Pitch

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Manchester United could beat rivals Liverpool to the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as a result of his close relationship with Marcus Rashford. The 21-year-old winger was linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer but talks broke down as the two sides fail to agree on a transfer fee.

Dortmund were previously demanding a fee in the region of £110million for the mercurial winger, though a recent report has claimed that Sancho could be available for a reduced price of £78m this summer.

This change in valuation could prompt United into action, with Rashford capable of playing his part in trying to force through a deal.

The pair are said to have formed a close friendship since working together on international duty with England, which could provide the Red Devils the upper hand when battling for the services of Sancho this summer.

Rashford has also told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Sancho is both ‘decent’ and ‘dependable’, further fuelling speculation of a possible move.

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Sancho enjoyed an outstanding campaign last season, which saw him become the centre of transfer talks.

He registered 20 goals and 20 assists in 44 appearances for Dortmund, forming a deadly relationship with Erling Haaland in attack. Sancho’s numbers have been equally as impressive this term having scored 12 times and assisted his teammates on 18 occasions.

Questions surrounding the future of the Dortmund star just won’t go away as more clubs continue to be linked with making a swoop for the youngster.

Liverpool are said to be one side interested in completing a deal for the former Manchester City academy star, though this very much depends on the future of Mohamed Salah.

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Despite rumours circulating all the time regarding Sancho’s next step as a player, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has made clear that the club are under no pressure to sell ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

“When Covid-19 struck, we had no debt. Not one euro. Because of that, it is a comfortable situation. We do not have to sell a player. That is important,” he told DAZN.

“If an extraordinary offer comes in for him, we will discuss it with the player and his agent, as always.

“Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.

“Especially at the really big clubs you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted, and they are not small ones that heal within two weeks.”

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