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Manchester United could use Jesse Lingard as a makeweight in a bid to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer, according to reports. United have long been linked with Sancho and could make a move for the Dortmund winger when the transfer window opens on June 9.
Sancho has been in fantastic form for the German side recently and scored twice in their 4-1 win over RB Leipzig to help win the DFB-Pokal final on Thursday night.
The 21-year-old has now been directly involved in 28 goals in 36 appearances for Dortmund this season, with a return of 16 goals and 12 assists.
Sancho and Erling Haaland tore Leipzig apart in the final, with Sancho curling in the opener before the Norwegian striker brushed aside Dayot Upamecano to make it 2-0 with a cool finish.
The England international tapped in a third before half-time and Haaland completed the scoring after Dani Olmo grabbed a consolation for Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
Sancho is contracted to Dortmund until 2023, but the Manchester Evening News reports that he is pushing his agent to secure a transfer this summer after missing out last year.
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According to the Sun, United could use Lingard as a way to reduce the transfer fee for Sancho this summer.
Lingard has impressed on loan at West Ham since January, scoring nine goals and recording three assists in 13 Premier League appearances and Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to sign him permanently.
However, his £100,000-a-week wage demands make the deal for the 28-year-old attacking midfielder difficult for West Ham.
The Sun say that Dortmund have been keeping tabs on Lingard, who United value at around £20million.
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Lingard has one more year left on his United contract, and although he’s been in good form in east London, it seems unlikely that he could earn a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The report states the German side want around £100m for Sancho, so United could be tempted to bring that price down by including Lingard in the deal.
United’s negotiations for Sancho broke down last summer after Dortmund held firm to their £108m valuation, but it seems he could be on the move in the coming months.
Sporting director Michael Zorc revealed recently the club have a “gentlemen’s agreement” that means Sancho can leave “under certain conditions”.
Bild have reported that, while Dortmund do not want to lose both Sancho and Haaland this summer, they would part with the England international should their valuation be met early enough in the window.
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