Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the signature of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho after extensive negotiations.
What’s the story?
According to ESPN, the Red Devils have been handed a major boost, with sources telling the outlet that United are nearing the end of their year-long pursuit, with a deal worth £77 million set to be agreed with the Bundesliga giants.
Sancho was the subject of intense interest from United last summer, but Ed Woodward refused to meet Dortmund’s £108m asking price.
Ole will be buzzing
News that the England international’s arrival at Old Trafford is potentially imminent will surely have Ole Gunnar Solskjaer buzzing.
The Norwegian manager guided United to a second-place finish in the Premier League last season, although they ultimately fell short of winning any major honours.
While domestic rivals Manchester City lifted their third top-flight title in four years and Chelsea claimed their second Champions League crown, Solskjaer’s side were left empty-handed after Villarreal came out on top in the Europa League final.
It extended the club’s longest trophy drought in over 30 years and highlighted the bridge in quality between United and the sport’s top teams.
Bringing in a player who Germany legend Lothar Matthaus once described as a “perfect footballer,” therefore, will be seen as a major coup for the 20-time English champions.
Sancho has displayed his world-class potential on a regular basis since moving to the Signal Iduna Park back in 2017.
The 21-year-old has bagged an incredible 50 goals and provided a further 64 assists in just 137 appearances for BVB in all competitions.
Closing the gap to City will take more than the addition of just one player, but bringing in a beast with the star quality that Sancho possesses will certainly make a significant difference.
Lining up alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes, Sancho could form one of the most fearsome forward lines in world football, one that could fire United back to their former glory.
It’s been eight long years since the Red Devils last lifted the Premier League title. However, with the addition of Dortmund’s prized asset in their ranks, the chances of that barren run ending become a little more realistic.