Manchester United may have to wait to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford. The Red Devils were widely expected to spend big on the England international this summer. But football’s postponement may prompt a rethink.
Even the richest clubs in the world are unlikely to spend huge sums on players, which could well mean Sancho remains in Germany for at least another season.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United are looking at Rabbi Matondo as a cheaper alternative to Sancho. The difference in possible fee is no surprise. After all, the duo are polar opposites when it comes to recent contributions.
While Sancho has scored 17 goals and provided 19 assists this season, Matondo has managed a single strike for current club Schalke. The latter has been in and out of the starting line-up this and is a long way behind United’s long-term target.
Matondo arrived for £11.3million (MEN) but still has a long way to go.
That is not to say he isn’t a sensible United target. Matondo is highly rated and, at 19, has his entire career ahead of him. He could be a cheap, low-risk signing in the mould of Dan James.
Matondo’s versatility also means he could go down a storm in the Premier League. After all, the Welsh teenager is comfortable on either wing, as a secondary striker or a centre forward.
Sancho rotates between the right and the left but, given United’s lack of out-and-out wide men (James aside), moves for both could ultimately make sense.
If United want more width this summer but can’t spend big on Sancho, Matondo would be a risky but potentially rewarding alternative. Yet the former is the star name Solskjaer is crying out for. So this year or next, he should be the number one target.
What chance then Matondo and Sancho both turning out for United in 2021?