Jadon Sancho’s ‘comments to friends’ as Manchester United press to close transfer

Jadon Sancho: Dortmund star's future discussed by experts

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Jadon Sancho told friends in 2017 that he envisaged himself returning to Manchester. And, now, that could finally be about to happen. Manchester United are aggressively chasing a deal for the Borussia Dortmund star, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making him the club’s top transfer target for the summer window.

Sancho experienced a difficult start to last season after failing to get a move to Manchester United.

But the Borussia Dortmund star ended up rediscovering his mojo, firing the club to DFB-Pokal glory in the process.

Sancho has established himself as one of the best wingers in world football throughout his time at the Westfalenstadion, managing 30 goal involvements for three seasons on the trot.

United have tried to sign him multiple times in the past, with interest actually dating back to Jose Mourinho’s time in charge.

And the Manchester Evening News reported last year that Sancho had previously told friends upon leaving the city in 2017 that he envisaged himself returning one day in the future.

At the time, the winger was confident he’d get his dream move to Old Trafford.

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But that ultimately didn’t happen due to Dortmund’s demands, with the Bundesliga side wanting a fee in the region of £108million to let him go.

This time around, however, there’s a confidence the deal will get over the line.

And United don’t want Sancho to be their only arrival of the summer transfer window, with Solskjaer also looking to strengthen other areas of his squad as well.

At right-back, Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier is being considered.

The Red Devils saw Alex Telles galvanise Luke Shaw upon arriving from Porto a year ago and are now keen to repeat the trick on the opposite side of their defence.

At centre-back, United are understood to be determined to secure the signing of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane – who could follow Sergio Romero out of the Bernabeu exit door.

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But Ramos, Cristian Romero, Pau Torres and even Leicester City powerhouse Caglar Soyuncu have also emerged as potential alternatives.

United, in a dream world, would bolster their midfield.

But while Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and West Ham’s Declan Rice are both admired, pursuits of both players look set to be put on hold for the time being.

Solskjaer was up front about United’s need to strengthen their squad after the club’s disappointing Europa League final defeat to Villarreal, admitting he hoped to get the right players in.

“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine.

“We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer. But as I said two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.

“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”

And, since then, Joel Glazer has vowed to back the Norwegian on the transfer front.

“We think that Manchester United is a very well run club, and we think clubs throughout football could take a look at us, and there’s a lot of good to be seen when it comes to some of these things that are controversial,” Glazer said.

“We’re able to spend with the top clubs throughout Europe, whether it’s wages or transfer fees, we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, we’ve not increased them in over 10 years.

“We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three percent of that.

“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt. So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years. The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”

He then added: “It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch.

“We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it’s easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.

“You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that’s not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we’re able to accomplish all these things and still have.

“We’re going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we’re in a good spot.”

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