In a piece of huge transfer news, it has been reported that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prioritizing a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer, despite Jack Grealish catching the eye of United’s players.
What’s the story?
According to The Telegraph, Grealish is privately admired by many members of the Red Devils first-team squad, although Solskjaer favours a move for Sancho instead.
The report claims the England international pair are both set to be available for around £75m this summer as United look to strengthen at the top end of the pitch.
Fans will be buzzing
German World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthäus previously described Sancho as the “perfect footballer” in a column for The Sun, and the 21-year-old has continued to live up to that billing ever since.
A quite remarkable record of 50 goals and 65 assists in 137 appearances for the Bundesliga giants has attracted the attention of many of the continent’s top clubs over the last 12 months.
However, it’s United who have continuously been linked with a move for the highly-rated forward after a long-running transfer saga ended in failure last summer when the Old Trafford outfit baulked at Dortmund’s £108m asking price.
Grealish has also been outlined as a potential target for the 20-time English champions after impressing for boyhood club Aston Villa throughout 2020/21.
Despite missing three months of the campaign through injury, the 25-year-old playmaker provided an incredible 12 assists in just 26 Premier League outings for Dean Smith’s side, bagging six goals to boot.
It’s claimed that Grealish impressed United’s England contingent while they were together on international duty, but his good impression hasn’t been enough to persuade Solskjaer to change his transfer plans.
The Norwegian boss is keen to bolster his attacking options as the English giant’s plan for an assault on the title, with Sancho the preferred target.
While the likes of Marcus Rashford, Dan James and Anthony Martial are all comfortable on the left-hand side of the front three, preferring that side so they can cut in on their stronger right foot, only Mason Greenwood appears to find the opposite flank preferable.
And even then, the teenage talent is playing out of position, with many believing a role through the middle awaits the youngster in future years.
Therefore, a move for Sancho over Grealish makes sense and if United do move for hi, it will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing.
As per Transfermarkt, Sancho scored five goals and provided 10 assists in 14 games on the right-wing last season. If the Manchester City academy graduate can replicate that sort of productivity at Old Trafford then a first Premier League crown in eight years could well be on the cards in 2021/22.
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