Last night saw two news stories reported which could end up impacting Manchester United’s future significantly. And there’s a chance they are linked.
The Mirror reported United are confident of winning the race to sign Jadon Sancho this summer ahead of Chelsea.
Then Mauricio Pochettino spoke out about his future, and suggested he is willing to bide his time, amid United speculation.
He was quoted by SkySports: “To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.”
It sounds like Pochettino is prepared to wait and hope the United job becomes available. With the Red Devils down in eighth position, it’s very possible Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is given the boot in the summer if results get worse.
This is where it gets interesting. Sancho is a player Pochettino has attempted to sign before and admires.
Pochettino wanted to sign Sancho while he was at Manchester City. Tottenham were interested back in 2017, but found a deal too difficult to do, ESPN reported.
The manager praised Sancho last year, telling SkySports: “We knew very well that he was capable of doing what he’s doing now, with game time.
“The quality he was showing at Manchester City and with his national team we were talking in the last few years, that he was a massive prospect to be a very good player.
“He is showing now in Germany that he can cope with the pressure of playing in the Bundesliga and Champions League. And it doesn’t surprise me, his talent is there.”
This season Sancho is establishing himself as one of Europe’s top players, with 13 goals and 12 assists for Borussia Dortmund.
That’s why crazy figures like £120 million are being touted in The Mirror‘s report amid United’s interest.
The best chance to sign Sancho?
Right now, it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is United’s manager and the club have not said anything to suggest it will be otherwise this summer.
However there are speculative reasons which add up to suggest Pochettino could be a summer replacement, with his previous admiration of Bruno Fernandes among them.
The question for United to consider is who will give the club the best chance of signing top targets. Solskjaer? Or Pochettino, a Champions League finalist as manager?
Pochettino’s pre-existing admiration of Sancho can only count in his favour.
If United do end up making a managerial change, it helps, not hinders, the club’s transfer goals.
With The Mail reporting United are reportedly desperate to sign a ‘global icon’ to replace Paul Pogba in terms of commercial pull, Sancho fits the bill. If getting Pochettino in as manager helps it happen, then expect that change to be made.
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