Manchester United believe an impasse with Borussia Dortmund over Jadon Sancho could lead to Chelsea and Liverpool hijacking a transfer deal for the 20-year-old, reports say. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to bring the England international to Old Trafford this summer. However, the Red Devils aren’t willing to pay more than £50million because of the coronavirus crisis.
It’s an open secret that Manchester United want to sign Sancho this summer, with interest in the England international dating back years.
Jose Mourinho wanted to bring the youngster to Old Trafford back in 2017, only for the forward to choose Borussia Dortmund instead.
Solskjaer was then eager to sign Sancho a year ago but, after the club’s failure to secure Champions League qualification, ended up swooping for Daniel James instead.
Now, United aren’t willing to pay more than £50m for their top transfer target this summer.
Ed Woodward previously warned fans it wouldn’t be business as usual at the Theatre of Dreams and United don’t want to pay over the odds for Sancho at a time where so many people are struggling across the world.
Chelsea and Liverpool could now swoop for Sancho, with Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp both admirers of the Dortmund star.
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And Sky Sports say United believe an impasse in negotiations could open the door for their Premier League rivals to swoop.
Chelsea boss Lampard has already seen his side have a flying start to the transfer window, signing both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
But the Blues would also relish the chance to sign Sancho, who grew up supporting the west London giants as a child.
Liverpool are the most-attractive team in the land again after winning the Premier League title under Klopp’s guidance.
The German has mischievously admitted in the past that he’s a fan of Sancho’s but insisted he would be ‘surprised’ should the Dortmund forward join at the end of the season.
Yet it appears United are aware of their interest and are worried that their Premier League rivals, as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona, could swoop.
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Meanwhile, former United striker Louis Saha recently opened up on Sancho.
And he urged his old side to get a deal for the Dortmund star done, saying: “He is a player that is uncatchable, he’s clever, quick, very precise. He’s got the legs, the stamina, the quality.
“He’s very creative for that type of player. When you have all those things, like I said about speed and creativity, but precise as well.
“So imagine how deadly these things are. You can’t stop the guy and at the same time he is very precise because he knows how to stop when passing the ball.
“It’s really hard because players, for example Anthony (Martial) and (Marcus) Rashford, it can be hard for them because most of the time they’re going so quick so it’s hard to deliver the good pass like Juan Mata would do.
“Sancho has got that ability to address the right passes, the right weight of the pass because of his intelligence.”
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Solskjaer was asked if he’d be signing any players from Dortmund before United’s recent FA Cup victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
And the Norwegian laughed it off, saying: “I’m good at math, but I can’t answer that question. There are many good footballers on many teams.”
On recruitment, he added: “If something is in front of us screaming that it’s sensible, both from a sporting and a financial perspective — I know we’re going to try, but you can’t make any promises.
“We’ve [him & the owners] had a good dialogue the entire time, and we’ve had a plan for it since I signed in March .
“The three months of lockdown and for how long we’ll have to play in front of empty stands, if we’ll play in the Champions League next season. There are many things like that which will be factors in terms of what we can do when the season is over.”
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