Revealed: Manchester United’s probable opening bid for Jadon Sancho

Since last summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has desired Jadon Sancho to be a part of the Man United squad.

Witnessing his players are knackered and not able to do something about it must have been a precarious situation for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday. Manchester United forwards, particularly, looked dormant against a solid West Ham side where quick interchange passes were the sole requirement to carve out goalscoring chances.

Marcus Rashford looked ragged while hugging the touchline as he failed to couple with fellow full-back Brandon Williams. Anthony Martial, too found it difficult as he received delayed or erroneous passes in his stride.

United’s side, which has stacked up goals since the lockdown, were devoid of ideas and sharpness as 10 games in 30 days has taken its toll on mental stamina. Still, the Red Devils have to grind out a result at the King Power Stadium to assure Champions League football next season.

Amid the inconsistency, the only thing which has remained the opposite is the pressing need to reinforce the Man United roster with genuine quality to elevate themselves a step closer to the European elites.

Jadon Sancho, who the United faithful would have probably heard of him enough by now, is one of those figures considered to be of the utmost importance in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuild project. The interest dates back to last summer where the English winger, himself, decided against a move back to his homeland.

Now, the situation has painted a totally different picture, with Sancho said to be eager to push for his exit from Germany. The only sticking point here is the upscale demands of Die Borussen which is unfeasible to meet in the economic status-quo.

Ed Woodward, Man United CEO, is aware of the financial ends he would need to meet before Sancho is allowed to leave for Old Trafford. However, by no means, the English club is willing to pay 120 million Euros, the current valuation of Dortmund, for Sancho.

Previous reports of United not going over £50m was nothing but a negotiation gimmick from the English club. The similar ploy seems to arrive from the German end with Dortmund stating a firm stance on Sancho’s asking price to be around £100m (€120m).

Despite contrasting reports suggesting various financial figures involved in the Sancho deal, a recent report from The Independent seem to paint a lucid picture on how the Old Trafford chiefs will approach this transfer.

An actual price still has to be agreed, with United expected to enter negotiations at a basic fee of £55m, although with a series of clauses and conditionals that would eventually take it up to over £80m.

There is a belief that the market could soon be deflated, bringing down fees, so keeping him could be a risk in that regard. (Miguel Delaney for The Independent)

With Jadon Sancho’s current contract running out within two years, there is a widespread consensus among the Dortmund insiders that this could be the ideal time to let go of their prized asset, who is highly unlikely to pen down an extension.

Recently, Jesse Lingard has expressed his admiration for national teammate Jadon Sancho when quizzed upon rumours of his purported move to Man United.

Jadon is a brilliant player. It is obviously up to him.

I’ve seen him with England, I’ve seen his qualities and I feel like he’d be a great addition to any team. (Evening Standard)

Tallying with previous stories, Die Schwarzgelben are monitoring Milot Rashica as the replacement for the English talent. Also, Dortmund could do with some injection of funds after pulling off a major coup in Jude Bellingham, who is revered by Manchester United.

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Crucially, Champions League football is set to be a major driving force in this deal. Manchester United could do with extra finances via Adidas, and agreeing with personal terms with Jadon Sancho would be hassle-free.

It is learnt that due to this sole reason, Manchester United have delayed their approach for Jadon Sancho, making Sunday’s face-off against Leicester City even more interesting.

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