May 13, 2021

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Haaland transfer chase can open the door for Man United to sign Jadon Sancho

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By the end of last summer, Manchester United fans had just about had enough of reading about Jadon Sancho.

The Dortmund attacker still remains revered and admired, yet the £108million price tag slapped on him by the German club proved a step too far for United who’d made the England international their number one target.

Under different circumstances, that may have proved to be the end of the pursuit, and indeed it was for the time being. But now, as a direct result of the meteoric rise of Erling Haaland, a deal might end up coming to fruition after all.

This is because, in both Haaland and Sancho, Dortmund have two of the most exciting young forwards who have between them contributed to a phenomenal 119 Bundesliga and Champions League goals across the past two seasons.

Yet Dortmund might well find themselves in a position where they need to sell one of the two this summer to recoup lost revenue.

As things stand, the German side sit fifth in the Bundesliga, outside the Champions League places and seven points adrift of fourth-placed Frankfurt. They’re also 2-1 down at the halfway point of their quarter-final tie with Manchester City.

This means that the odds are firmly stacked against them in terms of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and this could have a disastrous impact on the club’s finances.

Reports indicate that the German outfit could be around £30m worse off should they finish fifth instead of fourth. That figure also doesn’t take into consideration lost revenue as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Therefore there’s a good chance that the club, who do have a track record of selling their best players for the right price, may have to cash in on either Sancho or Haaland in order to help balance their books.



Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund

Although Sancho has been at Signal Iduna Park longer, it seems more than likely that he’s the player they’d be willing to let go if forced to chose between the two.

This is because despite super-agent Mino Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland, Erling’s father, being pictured travelling to meet representatives from Barcelona and Real Madrid last week, Dortmund have reportedly put a price tag in excess of £130m on the 20-year-old in order to try and deter any interested parties.

Yet, when it came to publicly discussing Sancho’s position last year, club chief executive Hans-Joachim Witzke was honest when stating: “If there is an exceptional offer, we will discuss it with the player and the agent”.

The 21-year-old enters the final two years of his current deal this summer and there’s a growing sense that he may be more attainable in the summer, certainly in comparison to the last. So should United look to make a move again?

Well, we know United are keen to add another forward to their attack, and it’s one of the reasons they have been so heavily linked with Sancho’s team-mate Haaland.

However, the wide forward area remains an issue, particularly the right side where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has rotated between the likes of Mason Greenwood and Daniel James, who have both performed admirably if unremarkably this season.

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Sancho can of course play on the right, or indeed the left, with little in the way of drop off in his performance levels. As was well documented last summer, he remains a quick, skilful, tactically astute and above all else, extremely dangerous player inside the final third.

After a 20-goal, 20-assist season a year ago, he’s continued in the same vein this season, registering an impressive 12 goals and 12 assists, this is despite suffering from different injuries which have kept him sidelined at various stages, including one on his hip which has seen him miss each of Dortmund’s previous six matches.

At 21, he’s still someway of his prime years and his capacity to play a number of different roles whilst both scoring and assisting goals would undoubtedly have a transformational impact on United’s forward line.

Therefore, if a window of opportunity finally opens to bring him to Old Trafford, then United should do all they can to make it happen.

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