Manchester United will have to pay at least £107million to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer, reports say. The England international is a top transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having dazzled in the Bundesliga this season. And it may take a club-record fee to bring him to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United have watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga with his stunning performances for Dortmund this season.
The England international has scored 14 goals and registered 15 assists from 23 league matches this season, establishing himself as one of the best players on the planet in the process.
United wanted to sign him last summer and are ready to go again this year, with Solskjaer a huge admirer.
There’s been talk of the Red Devils perhaps signing Sancho on the cheap, with the coronavirus crisis seeing players’ values fall.
But The Athletic say it will take a massive £107m to bring him to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Dortmund are under no financial obligation to sell their star asset.
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And they want a fee similar to what Barcelona paid when signing Ousmane Dembele in the summer transfer window of 2017.
United have the financial muscle to afford Sancho.
But Ed Woodward has previously warned fans it won’t be ‘business as usual’ this summer – despite the wealth they have.
“We will continue looking for more ways of supporting those in need for as long as the pandemic continues,” said Woodward.
“Everyone is grappling with the economic realities of the pandemic and we are no different. The longer the crisis continues the greater the impact will be for every club, including ourselves.
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“But it is important to acknowledge the part played by our successful business in allowing us to fulfil our social responsibilities. We have always believed that our commercial model gives us greater resilience than most clubs.
“We are eager to see the team return to the field as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so.
“And while it may be that games need to be played behind closed doors in the shorter term, we all recognise that football will not be fully back to normal until supporters are once again in attendance.”
Should United sign Sancho from Dortmund for the fee the Bundesliga giants want, the 20-year-old would become the club’s record signing.
Their most-expensive recruit to date is currently Paul Pogba, who cost the club £89m when they re-signed him from Juventus in 2016.
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After the France international is Harry Maguire, who set the Red Devils back £80m in last summer’s transfer window.
And Romelu Lukaku is third on the list, with United paying £75m to sign the Belgium international from Everton in 2017.
Should Sancho sign, he could also be given the No 7 shirt.
Alexis Sanchez is expected to be moved on, despite Solskjaer hinting in January he could be given a second chance to prove his worth.
The Chile international has scored just once for Inter Milan since joining on loan back in the summer.
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