Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United’s long-standing interest in Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho could finally be about to end, with reports suggesting they’re ready to go after the England international with everything they’ve got. The United Stand claim they’re ready to offer around £85million to finally land the 21-year-old, a fee that would make him the second most-expensive signing in their entire history. And with that bid potentially coming today, it seems as though they’re finally doing the right thing.
We’ve been here before, of course. Several times, in fact.
United have spent the last four years hoping to sign Sancho, trying in three previous transfer windows to bring the winger to Old Trafford.
The first was in 2017, when Jose Mourinho ruled the roost. The forward was at Manchester City at the time and, when Mourinho got wind he’d be leaving, explored a deal.
On that occasion, he was left disappointed. Sancho chose to gamble by moving to Germany with Borussia Dortmund instead, prioritising first-team football over at the Westfalenstadion.
Then, in 2019, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried his luck.
However, after missing out on a place in the Champions League, United were left disappointed. It was Daniel James, instead of Sancho, who arrived instead.
Then came last summer’s debacle, where they spent the majority of the transfer window dragging their feet in negotiations only to end up failing once again.
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This time around, however, things are shaping up to be different.
United could supposedly launch their first offer for Sancho today and, unlike a year ago, it may be enough to convince Dortmund into letting their prized asset go.
It’s said Solskjaer’s side are ready to pitch £85million to get a deal done at last, a fee that is likely to be accepted by the Dortmund star given their recent change in stance.
Previously, they wanted £108m.
But they’re now prepared to accept a lower amount due to the coronavirus crisis and the need to keep the finances in rich health.
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And United going in that high is finally a sign they’re starting to get their act together behind the scenes, after years of erratic approaches under Ed Woodward’s watch.
Woodward likes playing a game of poker.
It worked with Alex Telles a year ago, with United negotiating with Porto throughout the summer and eventually landing their man for cheaper than first thought.
But Woodward was always fond on taking his time. That way, excitement builds and generates. Social media interactions go through the roof. United are always in the headlines, as the club’s top brass feel they should be.
Yet this is a positive step in the right direction.
United have dawdled on targets for too long only to miss out entirely. It was the case with Sancho 12 months ago and another example is with Gareth Bale in 2013.
They ended up outbidding Real Madrid that year.
But they waited too long to do that and failed in their attempt to bring the Wales international to Old Trafford, despite having a helicopter ready to go.
United’s pursuit of Sancho could finally be about to end.
And that will be the Glazers’ first call to arms, showing they’re ready to back Solskjaer in the hope the club will finally win the Premier League title again.
Speaking after the club’s defeat to Villarreal last week, the Norwegian admitted he wanted to strengthen his side.
“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine.
“We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer.
“But as I said two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.
“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”
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