Manchester United are unlikely to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner because of their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Sky Sports reporter James Cooper has claimed. Werner has been linked with a move to Old Trafford having scored 21 Bundesliga goals so far this season. But, because of United’s interest in Sancho, it appears the Germany international won’t be joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Manchester United have interest in Werner, who has taken his game to new heights at Leipzig ever since the arrival of Julian Nagelsmann as manager.
Solskjaer wants to land a new forward when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign, despite seeing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood impress this season.
United have Sancho at the top of their transfer wishlist, with the England international dazzling at Borussia Dortmund this season.
And Sky Sports reporter Cooper has claimed the club’s interest in the 20-year-old makes a deal for Werner unlikely.
“They’re players that are certainly on the Manchester United radar, their performances and profile mean they’ve been looked at,” Cooper said when asked about Werner and Kai Havertz, of Bayer Leverkusen.
“But right now I get the impression that the focus may well be on other positions and other players.
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“That doesn’t mean that either couldn’t fit into life at Old Trafford but if Jadon Sancho is a primary target then I couldn’t see a scenario whereby Timo Werner arrived too.
“Equally I think midfield options look strong, thanks in part to the renaissance of Nemanja Matic and Fred’s development, throw Bruno Fernandes and perhaps even Paul Pogba into the equation and at the moment I couldn’t see where Kai Havertz would fit.
“Manchester United have shown signs of improving their recruitment and part of that process is narrowing down options so what I’m suggesting is that if #1 targets don’t materialise then other options come into play.
“I don’t think anyone at Old Trafford envisaged signing Odion Ighalo for much of January.”
Cooper admitted that United like Sancho ‘very much’ and can overcome any obstacles regarding transfer fee and wages.
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“Manchester United like Jadon Sancho very much and he fits the bill too when it comes to being young, English, exciting and fundamentally someone who could strengthen and fill a position that needs to be properly filled,” said the Sky Sports reporter.
“If you think about the prospect of Rashford, Martial and Sancho as a front three with Bruno Fernandes providing the passes and vision behind them, it starts to look a bit more exciting and you can understand why someone like Sancho answers so many questions.
“The transfer fee and salary wouldn’t be a problem for Manchester United and when you throw in his friendship with Marcus Rashford it appears to be a deal that has all the ingredients to happen.
“Before anyone gets carried away, though, one note of caution is we don’t know how this next transfer window will look or how clubs will behave.
“However, before coronavirus struck Jadon Sancho would have been top of Manchester United’s target list.”
Cooper then admitted he thought United were on the right track under Solskjaer, despite teething problems earlier in the campaign.
“It’s a really good place to start and in the same way we’re quick to criticise when things are going wrong, we have to be fair and actually single someone out for praise when they turn things round. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done that or at least he’s got Manchester United heading in the right direction again, I think he’d even admit this is a long journey but the first few steps look encouraging,” he said.
“I’ve highlighted it before but he’s improved each of his strikers, Odion Ighalo will help that process, he’s shored up his defence, the squad looks more together than it’s been for some time and we’ve started to see effective tactical changes within games.
“Goals and clean sheets are what win matches and United are unbeaten in their last 11.
“But what those games have also shown is players willing to take risks and not hiding from the ball or their responsibilities.”
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