There are going to be so many permutations when it comes to making moves for players this summer.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already admitted to having a rough idea of how he wants the squad to look by the start of next season, although he knows things can change very quickly in football.
One mitigation will be the players still at the club in the months to come. While selling fringe options would free up valuable finances required to attract new recruits, uncertainty regarding a number of first-teamers could dictate plans as well.
An extended deal for Edinson Cavani would make signing a new centre forward problematic, while if Paul Pogba were to leave then midfield would soon shoot up the list of priorities. Finding a buyer for David de Gea could also put pressure on signing a new back-up goalkeeper with Sergio Romero set to leave, so there are plenty of question marks still in place.
Another factor to consider will be the deals which emerge out of the blue, and this summer it could well be a move for Jadon Sancho which proves too good to resist.
MEN Sport revealed on Monday the England international is still being considered a year on from his draining transfer saga, this time around, agreeing a reasonable transfer fee shouldn’t be as much of a hurdle.
A year ago United were baffled by the massive wage demands from Sancho as well as the fees required for his representatives. Even though they were prepared to invest a British record fee, the extra finances involved in the proposed deal put United off before a transfer fee was even provisionally agreed.
However, twelve months on and Dortmund know they will need to sell someone this summer. Although debts aren’t quite as bad as some feared the uncertainty of fans returning to stadiums means money must come from somewhere else, so selling Sancho would make sense.
It means a year on United might finally get their man, but the question is do they really need him?
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After a VAR row following United’s disallowed goal in the first half, Son Heung-Min opened the scoring for Spurs. But United came roaring back in the second half to win, with goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Grenwood.
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While the 21-year-old remains a borderline world-class talent United have already moved to strengthen their right wing with the additions of teenage duo Amad and Facundo Pellistri on deadline day of the summer window.
There is far less expectation on Pellistri, given he was effectively an U23 signing, but questions must be asked over Amad’s long-term development if Sancho were to be brought in ahead of him.
Another factor is that of Mason Greenwood. The teenager has arguably been United’s most reliable attacking player this calendar year and against Tottenham at the weekend he sent a clear reminder of just how phenomenal a talent he is.
Bringing in Sancho wouldn’t be the worst news for Greenwood, but it certainly would limit his playing time to solely being used as a centre forward.
In the long run Greenwood is still viewed as a central attacking option by United coaches, but he has often struggled to have the same impact when played in a more natural striking role at senior level.
Despite being ambipedal – being able to use both feet with similar ease – Greenwood still favours his left foot, something which has perfectly complemented his role as an inverted right winger.
In order to best continue his development the academy graduate would probably still be better utilised in a wide role for now, signing Sancho would all but end those hopes.
Alternatively, if United were to sign a younger centre forward option this summer – looking at you Erling Haaland – that too could limit the future opportunities for Greenwood to develop in a central role.
No matter what happens United must acknowledge the options they already have at the club, this summer any attacking addition could have a huge impact on Greenwood’s own future.