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Manchester United morning headlines as breakthrough made with Sancho

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Progress made over Sancho

Manchester United have made progress in talks over agents fees and personal terms with  Jadon Sancho  as the club continue to push for a deal for the Borussia Dortmund winger.

United have made Sancho their top target during this transfer window but had so far been frustrated in their attempts to sign the England international.

But progress has been made this week over issues that were previously considered to be a stumbling block, leading to renewed hope that a deal can be struck before the transfer window closes on October 5.

While there has been progress over terms with Sancho and his intermediaries,  United  still need to strike a deal with Dortmund and they remain adamant they will not overpay for the 20-year-old.

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Berbatov on United transfer needs

Dimitar Berbatov does not think United need to sign another striker in the current transfer window.

United are still working on what would be a club record deal for Sancho and the MEN reported this week they are also on the lookout for a back-up striker.

Having extended Odion Ighalo’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua until late January, United have four number nines to choose from with Anthony Martial established as the frontman and Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood capable of playing through the middle.

United have prioritised reinforcing their attack this summer after investing £130million in defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire last year, but Berbatov believes the defence still needs to be enhanced.

“For United I think they only need two, in my opinion: a centre-back and a right-back,” Berbatov told the MEN. “The priority for me is a centre-back and then the team will be pretty much complete, in my opinion.”

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Why United signed Van de Beek

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on the scouting process that eventually brought Donny van de Beek to United, admitting he has held a long-standing admiration for the player.

United  completed a £35million transfer, plus add-ons, for the midfielder who impressed Solskjaer back in 2015 when playing for Ajax against Molde.  He began training  with his United teammates at Carrington on Wednesday.

“When you like a player… I followed Donny, he scored his first goal against Molde in the Europa League in 2015. We drew 1-1 at Amsterdam Arena and he scored a fantastic header, he actually headbutted my centre-back so he was very brave as well!

“It was at the start of the game so I have liked his infectious attitude, he has a smile on his face and when you see players with that drive and desire that is one way you need to use your eye.

“But I have spoken to Edwin van der Sar, I have spoken to other players that know him. You just use the people you know and trust to scout the character.”

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