Transfer speculation has stepped up a notch amid reports Manchester United want to sign both Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz.
The Sun claim United are going to attempt to sign both players this summer, and would have to spend a minimum of £150 million on the pair.
Havertz has been linked to United before – but as an alternative to Sancho.
He can play on the right wing as well as through the centre, and so he could be a different option to the England international, or play as a teammate.
Both players have enjoyed prolific seasons, with Sancho netting 20 goals in all competitions and providing 18 assists.
Sancho’s hat-trick yesterday saw him break Havertz’s record, becoming the youngest player in the Bundesliga to score 30 goals in the division.
Havertz this season has netted 15 goals himself for Bayer Leverkusen, and provided seven assists.
The Sun‘s report says United would start the bidding for £50 million for Havertz – but acknowledge it is likely to cost a lot more.
The Mail reported in March how Leverkusen wanted closer to £90 million for their star man.
The financial crisis could see a deflation in transfer fees if Leverkusen find themselves under pressure and Havertz expresses a desire to leave.
It seems to us though that a £50 million offer is not even worth making as it will be deemed as an insult by the German side.
United are more likely to have to pay £200 million for the pair than £150 million.
Signing both Havertz and Sancho is not an option we considered previously as it seemed to be asking too much. If United are serious about this, then it is really encouraging.
It would mean no move for Jack Grealish, with Havertz seen as a better and even younger alternative.
United would then have serious attacking options and the club would not be dependent on Bruno Fernandes, who we fear we would be lost without.
A couple of months back we looked at how United could recoup close to £100 million in player sales this summer, which could go a long way to funding a summer swoop – while still keeping Paul Pogba.
A Manchester United team with Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz in, would go to another level. Honestly we would love just one of them.
There would be better squad depth and serious talent available, with weekly selection dilemmas in defence, midfield, and attack.
While it seems optimistic, if United can manage to do a deal for both players, we will be transformed overnight into title contenders.
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