Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s number one target this summer, and it’s been another eventful week in the club’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund star.
Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, one which will include Champions League football for United, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked the club to make signing the 20-year-old winger a priority, although it emerged this week United are willing to walk away from a deal for Sancho if Dortmund don’t drop their asking price for him.
Here is the latest on Sancho to United, from the MEN and elsewhere:
MEN: Hargreaves suggests Mandzukic move
Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Mario Mandzukic could help bring the best out of Sancho at Old Trafford.
He told BT Sport: “17 goals, 16 assists, those numbers [for Sancho] are outrageous at this level for a player of his young age. He can play off the right, he can play in the hole, he can play off the left.
“He gives them goals, gives them assists and Jadon gives you something really special. He dribbles, plays off the cuff and he’s almost unplayable. I’m all for it. I think he’s just want they need.
“Maybe you then go and get Mario Mandzukic on a free, a different type of centre-forward.”
Rurh Nachrichten: Dortmund ‘extend’ deadline for Sancho deal
United have reportedly been handed a boost in their pursuit of Sancho, with German outlet Ruhr Nachrichten claiming Dortmund have extended their deadline to sell Sancho from August 10 to August 20.
MEN Sport understands senior United officials always viewed the August 10 deadline as meaningless and an attempt to force the club to rush through a deal.
The transfer window in England doesn’t close until October 5, which leaves United with almost two months to get a deal over the lin.
MEN analysis: Sancho comes on strong in the second half
United fans will understandably be excited about the possible arrival of Sancho given his exploits in the Bundesliga.
Sancho registered outstanding figures in the German top flight last term and the possibility of Sancho repeating those numbers in the Premier League is exciting.
And as Reach tactics writer Alexander Hughes explains, Sancho is at his best during the most important stage of matches, with his output in all attacking areas improving markedly after half time.
For a detailed and insightful breakdown of Sancho’s statistics, you can read more here.