Manchester United target Jadon Sancho wants to return to England when the transfer window reopens this summer, reports say. The England international has spent the last four years in Germany, ever since leaving Manchester City behind. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to bring the forward to Old Trafford at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United’s interest in Sancho actually predates Solskjaer’s time at the club.
Jose Mourinho tried to sign the forward from Manchester City in 2017 after getting wind he’d be on the market.
But United, despite testing the waters with an enquiry, missed out with the player choosing to move to Germany instead.
Solskjaer eyed the signing of Sancho in 2019 but, after failing to qualify for the Champions League, opted to recruit Daniel James from Swansea instead.
And, just last summer, the Red Devils tried again – only to end their interest after Dortmund demanded a fee of £108million for their prized asset.
Now, United are primed to try again.
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And BILD claim Sancho is keen to return to England when the transfer window reopens, after four years of plying his trade abroad.
United and Chelsea are both named as potential suitors for the 21-year-old, who has scored 14 goals and registered eight assists across all competitions this term.
Sancho is contracted to Dortmund until 2023.
But the player wants out and it seems like the Bundesliga giants have a big decision to make when the transfer window reopens this summer.
It is stated, however, that Dortmund want a fee of £86million for their prize asset.
And that will be a difficult fee for United to pay, with the Red Devils’ finances hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and absence of supporters from stadiums.
Sancho isn’t the only player in Solskjaer’s sights as he eyes a summer spending spree.
He’s a big admirer of Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, who could leave the Bernabeu behind for a new challenge after a glittering decade in Spain.
In midfield, United are keen on Declan Rice.
The West Ham star enjoyed a terrific season before injury cruelly struck and he’s seen as the perfect upgrade on the likes of Fred and Nemanja Matic.
And, up top, United are in the mix to sign Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland.
With Edinson Cavani in such fine goalscoring form, however, it’s feasible they’ll opt to keep the Uruguay international instead of spending huge sums on a potential replacement.
Sancho cast doubt over his Dortmund future over the weekend when speaking after their stirring 3-2 victory over RB Leipzig.
“I don’t know about my future,” he said.
“I am very happy here in Dortmund at the moment. I love the club, the fans and the team. They gave me my first professional start.”
Speaking recently, former United star Owen Hargreaves urged the club to end their search for a striker – and target the likes of Sancho and Leeds’ Raphinha instead.
“With Cavani there he is almost an insurance policy and you can maybe go spend the money on three other players in important positions,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“Cavani, if he played the whole season, he could get you 25 goals.”
He then added: “They are the second highest scorers in the Premier League already, is it really their biggest issue? Everybody could do with Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.
“Some of their best players are Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes. Those boys will get you enough goals.
“I don’t think its realistic for United to win the Premier League next season. But they have to find a way to bridge the gap.
“You bridge that gap by bringing in another centre back, bringing in another central midfielder and getting another right winger.
“A lot of people have played out on that right hand side and they haven’t really found it. I think to go find a winger, Jadon Sancho would be amazing.
“You think about Raphinha at Leeds, you think about what he could do at this United team. You can’t spend £100m on every player.”