Manchester United remain ‘the most realistic destination’ for Jadon Sancho despite significant interest from other clubs, according to Sky Sports.
Sancho is said to be on an eight-man shortlist of players interesting United, who would expect Borussia Dortmund to sell for £80m rather than the £108m they demanded last summer.
Sancho has claimed 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions this season despite almost two months sidelined by injury. He claimed two goals and an assist as Dortmund won the cup in Germany by beating RB Leipzig 4-1 in the final.
Sky Sports say that ‘personal terms are not expected to be a problem as United negotiated terms when they tried to sign Sancho last summer’, while the German club are actively looking at alternatives that include Lille’s Jonathan Ikone and Monaco’s Sofiane Diop.
Sky Sports News’ James Cooper writes: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked about ‘finetuning’ this summer rather than wholesale changes with a suggestion there’ll be one major, marquee signing accompanied by a couple of other new faces.
“Finance was an issue last summer and a year of football amidst a pandemic hasn’t made the economics any easier at Old Trafford either, so I don’t expect a huge cash injection to suddenly make everything alright.”
Sancho was one of eight names mentioned by ESPN on Friday along with Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Pau Torres, Sven Botman, Raphael Varane, Declan Rice and Max Aarons.
They claimed that there are ‘plans to have a net spend of up to £150 million’ this summer at the Premier League club ‘despite United wanting to work on options to strengthen five areas of the squad’.
As Man Utd attempt to recover from the impact of Covid on finances, they will try to ‘remain measured’ in their approach to transfers but ‘will make money available for new players’.
ESPN add: ‘Work is being done on the recruitment of a striker, winger, defensive midfielder, centre-back and right-back although Solskjaer has been told the aim is to sign three first team players ahead of the new season.’
Speaking back in March, Solskjaer said: “It’s definitely affecting everyone in football, the pandemic. Of course the lack of income, the finances that have affected everyone and it might affect us all well.
“We have to be realistic, we have to be responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There’s improvements on the training ground, stadium. We just have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”
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