Manchester United ‘haven’t decided’ as Jadon Sancho transfer saga takes new twist

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Manchester United ‘haven’t decided’ how to break Borussia Dortmund down over Jadon Sancho despite having an agreement in principle with the Borussia Dortmund star, it has been claimed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign the England international. And while the player is eager to return to his homeland, there’s still plenty of work that needs doing.

Manchester United want Sancho. Not for the first time, either.

They first attempted to land the England international when he was strutting his stuff at Manchester City, only for Borussia Dortmund to swoop in and snap him up instead.

United wanted to sign Sancho in 2019, too, but their failure to secure Champions League football scuppered their chances of striking a deal.

And it was a similar story 12 months ago, only for the Bundesliga giants’ big asking price to prevent a transfer from taking place.

Sancho is United’s priority target now, too, and this summer the stars seem to be aligning.

The Glazers are ready to back Solskjaer on the transfer front, determined to get fans back on side after the shambolic European Super League debacle.

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And, now, BBC journalist Constantin Eckner has claimed United have an agreement in principle with Sancho – but are undecided over how to approach a bid.

“Sancho and United have an agreement in principle but United haven’t made a bid,” he said on Twitter.

“Dortmund demand too much money and United haven’t decided how to approach this situation.”

While United want Sancho, history suggests they’re prepared to walk away if the situation isn’t right for them.

In 2019 they ended up swooping for Daniel James instead, who arrived from Swansea.

And, last summer, United signed Edinson Cavani as an alternative – even handing him the No 7 shirt that had previously been reserved for Sancho.


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Sancho isn’t the only player on United’s radar, either.

A return for Cristiano Ronaldo is looking increasingly likely, with the Portugal international eager to leave Juventus behind.

He recently fuelled talk of a move away from the Allianz Stadium by thanking everybody at the club for their hard work over the past three years and, as things stand, a move back to his old club is a genuine possibility.

PSG are also in the mix but the Ligue 1 giants have other priorities, such as a bumper new contract for Kylian Mbappe.

And with Solskjaer still in touch with his former team-mate, this saga will be interesting to see unfold.

United also want a defensive midfielder, with Declan Rice ticking all the boxes for Solskjaer and John Murtough.

And the likes of Raphael Varane, Pau Torres and Kieran Trippier are also under consideration as United look to close the gap on Manchester City next time out.

Speaking after United’s recent Europa League final loss to Villarreal, meanwhile, Luke Chadwick warned the Red Devils against making the same mistakes of last summer when it comes to transfer business.

“I think it’s imperative that someone comes in early, and a big-name signing as well,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.

“Obviously there’s a huge disappointment from the fanbase after the defeat last night.

“I know Ole’s won a lot of the fans over, but there’s going to be huge pressure because it’s another trophyless season.

“I think you can appease fans a lot if a Kane, or a Haaland, or a Sancho came in in the next few weeks, just showing that they’re serious about strengthening and doing so quickly.

“It was such a merry-go-round last summer, Sancho was kind of on and off, and then Telles and Cavani came in late doors, so I think it’s important that the planning around the off-season, the recruitment, is all in place and they’re ready to go early.”

Chadwick also acknowledged Liverpool’s speed at signing Ibrahima Konate, adding: “Liverpool’s season’s finished, whereas United only finished last night.

“Obviously Liverpool have moved quickly at the end of their season and now hopefully United can do the same.

“I wouldn’t say I’m massively disappointed, obviously he (Konate) is a talented boy, but I’m sure the planning has gone on at Man United after the criticism of how the last off-season went.

“I was very impressed with Pau Torres. Villarreal were very defensively sound. United have a lot of attacking threats but they didn’t really come to the fore last night, and that was down to the way Villarreal defended as a unit, and individuals.

“He looks a top defender and it will be interesting to see if United do go for him.”

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