Manchester United haven’t set a fee of £50million to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, reports say. The England international is a top transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward at Old Trafford. It was previously claimed the Red Devils were unwilling to spend big on Sancho despite the obvious talent the 20-year-old.
Manchester United’s interest in Sancho actually dates back to three years ago when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost at Old Trafford.
He’d hoped to sign the player from Manchester City in a controversial deal but, in the end, the youngster chose to embark on a new adventure over in Germany with Borussia Dortmund instead.
United are now aiming to bring Sancho to the Theatre of Dreams when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
In the week, it was claimed that the Red Devils had set a maximum fee of £50m that they’re willing to spend on the Dortmund star.
But The Athletic insist this isn’t the case and United, as things stand, haven’t done that.
The initial report suggested Woodward had set the fee because of the coronavirus crisis, mindful of how any big-money deals would make the club look.
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But it appears United are still determined to sign Sancho and bring the England international to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens again.
Solskjaer’s current crop of forwards have been excelling ever since the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have both scored 19 goals across all competitions this season – their best-ever tallies for a single campaign.
And Mason Greenwood has found the net 13 times to establish himself as one of the best young talents on the planet.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Solskjaer admitted he was unsure as to how the pandemic would impact his club’s transfer business.
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“I think the pandemic has hit everyone really hard,” said the Norwegian.
“I still think we need to wait and see how things are panning out to know the real effects of the pandemic, to know what kind of financial state we are in.
“You see some teams invest, some teams don’t.
“We’ll have to take a big look at things ourselves to see how hard we’ve been hit. I know the club has announced a few numbers before.
“It’s not for me to say here now we are going to have X amount because I don’t really know.
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“I don’t really know how hard we have been hit. We are a financially strong club, but we are also probably being hit more than anybody else.
“Let’s see how quickly we can get our fans back into the stadium and of course the league position is going to be important for us this season. If we can get a trophy, the FA Cup or the Europa League.
“The Europa League will also qualify us for the Champions League, there’s still a lot of uncertainty and these three or four months, every businessman in the world, every footballer in the world, I think everyone is still unsure what the effect will be.”
Another target for United is Jack Grealish.
Express Sport understands the Aston Villa star has found a new house in the North West ahead of a summer move to Old Trafford.
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