Manchester United’s hopes of landing Jadon Sancho have been dashed as talks between the two clubs have broken down. The 20-year old has been on United’s radar long enough and has been made Red Devil’s number one transfer target this summer.
It had been reported that United have agreed terms with the English winger but further reports emanating from England have quashed such rumor, stating that there was never an agreement between United and the young forward.
Dortmund have valued the youngster at about £100m and also gave United an ultimatum till August 10 to complete the transfer so that the club can look for a potential replacement for Sancho and as well get on with its pre-season preparations with no distractions.
United, however, feel that such an amount (which would be a record fee for a British player) is unrealistic and taking into consideration the financial implications of the Covid-19 contagion, which has brought an estimated debt of £3.5m to top flight clubs in Europe this season. It would be extremely difficult to cough out such an amount on Sancho.
Meanwhile, United’s trio of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and goalkeeper David De Gea have all signed new deals in the past 13 months. Therefore, breaking the bank for Sancho means the club would be in a position where it would have to revisit these contracts.
While this could be viewed as the start of hard negotiations on both sides, it has become expedient for United to consider the option of looking at alternatives for the Dortmund winger.
One of the alternatives that have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford is Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa captain is another English talent who will not come cheap as he’s been valued at £80m.
Both Grealish and Leicester playmaker, James Maddison, have been eyed by United far too long but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be a fan of the Villa captain. Should Grealish join United, it’s unclear where he will fit in Ole’s side given the scintillating performances of January signing Bruno Fernandes at Grealish’s preferred role, which is behind the striker.
Apparently, tepid days are ahead for United.