Man United are entering LAST chance saloon territory for Jadon Sancho after Dortmund’s £77m ultimatum… with rivals set to get stronger and Solskjaer heading into a defining season, they simply cannot afford to miss out on their top target AGAIN
- Manchester United will be desperate to finally wrap up a deal for Jadon Sancho
- After missing out on him last summer, it feels like last chance saloon for United
- Borussia Dortmund are demanding £77m plus add-ons for the England winger
- It’s set to be a pivotal term for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in United’s hunt for trophies
Almost a year on from missing out on Jadon Sancho first time round, headlines over Manchester United’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund and England star continue to dominate the back pages.
Dortmund played hardball with United last summer – demanding north of £100million for their star man – and they certainly aren’t going down without a fight in this transfer window either.
The Red Devils have been in hot pursuit of the winger for quite some time now, and he still remains the club’s top transfer target and they will be desperate to finally get the deal over the line this summer.
Manchester United are hopeful of finally wrapping up a mega-money deal for Jadon Sancho
Sancho could form a formidable attack alongside Marcus Rashford and Co at Old Trafford
There is optimism that United can secure their man this time round, and after submitting a bid in the region of £75m earlier this week, Dortmund have now responded with their final asking price.
The Bundesliga giants have demanded £77m plus add-ons for Sancho and want the situation resolved one way or the other before July 23 – according to talkSPORT.
The report details that the German outfit want a resolution before the squad hold their pre-season training camp in just over a month’s time.
Personal terms, thought to be a five-year contract, have already been agreed between United and Sancho, but the two clubs are still yet to agree a deal which satisfies both parties.
So United now know what they need to do to seal the mega-money deal. It seems simple enough, but they will understand all too well that they can’t take Dortmund lightly following their failed pursuit of him last summer.
If United try everything in their power to keep some cash in the bank for other targets, Dortmund won’t be afraid to pull the plug once again.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he must deliver next season, and will be desperate to sign Sancho
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that they simply can’t afford to miss out on 21-year-old Sancho, who is currently focusing on Euros duty with England, once again.
Ahead of such a pivotal campaign for the Premier League giants, it feels as if the club are entering last chance saloon territory in their pursuit of Sancho.
After such a disappointing end to the season following heartbreak in the Europa League final against Villarreal, the pressure has massively ramped up on Solskjaer.
United were firm favourites heading into the European showdown and looked likely to finally end their four-year wait for silverware and their first trophy under Solskjaer.
But once again, United under Solskjaer crumbled under the pressure when they needed to deliver.
It must be said, United have progressed under Solskjaer – evident from a comfortable second-placed finish in the Premier League last term having initially threatened to battle it out with rivals Manchester City for the title.
The Europa League final defeat has ramped up pressure on United and Solskjaer this summer
However, trophies continue to elude United and Solskjaer, and he is fully aware that his job will be on the line if he fails to deliver next season for a club steeped in rich history.
But adding Sancho to his ranks could go a long way to ending that trophy drought. The England star is one of the most-sought after players in Europe, and his arrival at Old Trafford would leave their rivals trembling.
With Sancho lining up alongside Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Co with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba strutting their stuff behind, you can expect goals galore from the Red Devils.
Sancho ended last season in fine form for Dortmund, helping them secure Champions League football and playing a starring role in their German Cup triumph.
After a slow start to the 2020-21 campaign with Dortmund following his failed move to United last summer, he finally found his feet again and ended the season with 16 goals and 20 assists in 38 matches across all competitions.
If he was to continue this hot streak at United, then maybe just maybe they could end their desperate quest for silverware.
United won’t want to be left behind by Man City, Liverpool and Co in the Premier League
And it’s imperative they get the deal over the line, not only for their own silverware ambitions, but to make sure they keep up with their rivals too.
Their rivals will only get stronger next season, and United simply cannot afford to be left behind.
Neighbours City stormed to their third Premier League title in four seasons last term, claiming top spot by a massive 12 points ahead of United.
And they look likely to become even more formidable, eyeing a £100m move for top target Harry Kane from Tottenham. If they were to miss out on him, maybe they will resurrect their pursuit of Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland.
Furthermore, Liverpool have already made moves in the transfer market, having wrapped up a £36m deal for centre back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig while main man Virgil van Dijk and his partner Joe Gomez will be ready to return next season.
And Chelsea, the other realistic contenders for top spot in the Premier League next term, could go big in the summer window following their Champions League winning-exploits at the end of May.
Sancho ended the season in fine form, scoring 16 goals and making 20 assists in 38 matches
The Blues have also been credited with interest in Kane and Haaland, and Roman Abramovich certainly won’t be afraid to splash the cash following the influx of money from their European triumph.
So it’s a hugely important summer ahead for Solskjaer and United.
For Solskjaer, he has no more excuses and knows it’s time to deliver on the trophy front at Old Trafford.
Signing Sancho would be viewed as a huge statement of intent by the club, and his arrival would massively boost their chances of success in the long run given he is only at the tender age of 21 and has his best years ahead of him.
Once was bad enough, but if United were to miss out on Sancho again this summer, it would not go down well with Red Devils fans desperate to see the return of the glory days at the Theatre of Dreams.
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