Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their efforts to sign Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund ‘drastically’ reduced their demands in an attempt to bring Ed Woodward back to the negotiating table.
The Sancho to Old Trafford saga has shown no signs of going away anytime soon. The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and has done so since 2017, in which time the right winger has accumulated a number of awards including the German Super Cup.
His rapid rise since switching the Etihad for the Signal Iduna Arena has been nothing short of meteoric, with 42 goals and 57 assists in 124 games across all competitions per Transfermarkt.
Solskjaer’s United, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, are reportedly still interested in the £190k-a-week earning Sancho, and recent reports suggest that it will cost them a cool £88m to persuade Dortmund to part ways with the attacking midfielder.
If that is indeed the case, then Ed Woodward must act without hesitation. When it comes to goals and assists, Sancho is Mr Reliable. A return of seven assists so far this season sees him ranked fifth in the Bundesliga bettered only by the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Muller.
He’s still averaged 1.5 shots and 2.3 key passes across all competitions per 90 – this despite not being at his best. For context, that’s more than Solskjaer’s current options in Daniel James (1.3) and Juan Mata (0.6) respectively.
If Woodward is brave enough to pull the trigger and bring Sancho to Old Trafford, they would add a potent threat in attack. United have scored 46 goals in 22 games in the Premier League but only Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have been able to reach double figures.
Defensively, Solskjaer’s side have been fairly solid, conceding 27 goals this season thus far. But if they had a more reliable right winger, they may be able to mount a successful title challenge. It really is that simple.
Sancho could be the man to make a difference. On the right, he hugs the line and brings the ball forward to put his side on the front foot, which is clear from his impressive 3.4 dribbles per match in the Bundesliga – a stat that ranks him top among all players in the entire division.
He could light up Old Trafford and prove to be a game-changer with his dynamism.