Manchester United have failed in their pursuit of No.1 summer target Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund refused to budge on their £108m valuation for the 13-cap England international which proved to be an insurmountable obstacle.
According to The Athletic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identified Sancho as his top target this summer in what was seen as a way to close the gap on Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
It’s claimed that Solskjaer insisted Ed Woodward should keep trying, but financial concerns ensured that other signings like Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo and Alex Telles were pushed to the periphery until the final few days of the transfer window.
However, as we all know, an agreement never came close and the aforementioned trio all ended up joining on deadline day instead.
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Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed the Red Devils had reached an agreement with Sancho’s representatives several weeks ago.
But Dortmund had set United a deadline to complete the transfer by August 10 so they could plan ahead for this season.
As far as they were concerned, they believed that they had made their demands loud and clear, and when Woodward couldn’t get anywhere near their asking price, that was the final straw.
Now the 20-year-old is set to remain at the Signal Iduna Park and if he has another outstanding campaign in Germany, then not only will his market value increase exponentially but United may find themselves battling with other suitors for his signature next summer.
Last season, Sancho scored 17 goals and supplied 16 assists in the Bundesliga whilst averaging 1.6 shots, 2.2 key passes and 2.4 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
Meanwhile Daniel James only managed to score 3 goals and supply 6 assists in the Premier League last term, as per WhoScored.
The right winger has even been described by Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthaus as “the perfect footballer.” He has all the skills to fit into United’s system.
United’s failure to sign Sancho spells almost certain doom for Solskjaer as it has caused him further embarrassment after his side were thrashed 6-1 by Spurs at home over the weekend.
Instead, he will have to work out how he can use Cavani while he waits for Diallo to arrive in January, meaning he is a winger light for the next few months which sees them have plenty of Premier League fixtures on top of important Carabao Cup and Champions League matches.. Is Diallo the next Bruno Fernandes, who came in and saved their season last time out? Only time will tell.
Ed Woodward must be put under pressure as he has failed to sign a player the club have been chasing for so long.