According to The Telegraph, Manchester United are preparing to enter into a battle with PSG for Jadon Sancho’s signature that could see the Englishman complete a £100m switch.
Having signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for a measly £10m, the young winger has capably filled the shoes of Ousmane Dembele, chalking up eight goals and an incredible 12 assists in 24 league appearances for BVB.
European giants PSG are no strangers to nine-figure deals, having signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for eye-watering fees in recent years, whereas United would be smashing the £89m paid for Paul Pogba’s services back in 2016.
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An injury sustained by the winger in the victory over Southampton at the weekend will see Sanchez ruled out for ‘four to six weeks’, as his Old Trafford nightmare unthinkably continues to worsen.
The Chilean has struggled to get into the starting XI ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial; injuries to the aforementioned duo meant that Sanchez was afforded a rare start, although it was cruelly taken away from in the first half when he had to replaced by Diogo Dalot.
The 30-year-old was a world-beater on his day while playing for Arsenal. Now, though, it looks like his United career is drawing to a close – he is simply not worth his astronomical wages and hasn’t looked likely to justify £350,000-a-week since he pulled on the famous red shirt.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clearly likes pace and energy in his front three, neither of which are attributes possessed by Sanchez, and signing Sancho would only confirm, once and for all, that the number 7 is no longer in his plans.
Solskjaer’s restoration of Rashford in a centre-forward role has often left Lukaku warming the bench, although the Norwegian has been able to accommodate both using a 4-3-1-2 at times.
Sancho, though, is an out-and-out winger who Solskjaer would surely struggle to mould into a centre-forward or a number 10, so it would seem that the 4-3-3 is the way forward with one striker sandwiched between the wide players.
Lukaku, 26, might have netted four goals in his last two Premier League appearances in the absence of Rashford, but it is clear that Solskjaer prefers the 21-year-old England international to the Belgian.
There would certainly be games where the former Everton man’s physicality would be preferable to Rashford’s raw pace but, largely, it would appear that the number 9 would become the world’s best bench warmer. That is, of course, if Sancho’s arrival does not force him out the exit door with Sanchez.
Recent transfer dealings have seen United purchase players in their prime, particular with Jose Mourinho at the helm – the Portuguese was pragmatic in his approach to bringing in new faces, largely electing for players who are proven winners instead of those he would be forced to develop.
The signing of 18-year-old Sancho, though, would represent a huge statement of intent from the club with regards to returning to the heights of the Premier League in the coming years.
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Currently, Pep Guardiola’s Man City side are dominating the competition. Liverpool are in it too, of course, but City’s long-term prospects look brighter considering the depth of their squad. However, the Spaniard likely won’t hang around for too long if he can’t win the Champions League.
By splashing £100m on a player who promises to become world-class, United will have taken one massive step towards establishing themselves as the team to beat in England. Perhaps he would be the first of many.