A stand-off with Borussia Dortmund could end up with Manchester United missing out on signing Jadon Sancho this summer.
The Mirror reported last month that United may have to delay a deal until 2021.
While we hope this is not the case, such a situation would leave United with a dilemma.
Do we a) sign an alternative right winger, to improve the squad for next season, b) wait and hope Sancho will sign in 2021.
Both of these scenarios have merit, here is a closer look at what each of them could mean.
Signing an alternative
Sancho is clearly United’s top option and there is not a player quite like him around.
He could become an icon at Old Trafford for a decade, and there is a reason why his price tag is a reported £100 million.
There is not an obvious plan B and United have to pick wisely. United also have to bear in mind the possibility to sign Sancho in 2021.
Would spending big on a top winger this summer make it more difficult financially to sign the Dortmund star next summer?
Could there be room for both in the same XI, and is the alternative player worth giving up on Sancho for?
An ideal solution would be to sign a versatile attacker, capable of playing on the left, right, or centrally, who can adapt positions if Sancho signs next summer while still retaining an importance to the team.
Waiting it out
This is not unlike the choice United made last summer. United ignored the option of spending big on Nicolas Pepe (in hindsight a wise move) and just took a low cost punt on Dan James, a developing winger who had never played in the top flight.
Not signing a top level winger and waiting for Sancho is a gamble, as it will negatively impact the 2020/21 season.
Who is to say that without a key attacking signing that United will compete for trophies or even finish in the top four?
Another season without Champions League football would impact the club financially, and make United less appealing to Sancho.
Doing nothing at the position is probably the worst case scenario. Sancho is worth the wait, but United cannot wait forever, with no guarantee of a deal next summer either.
It’s really important that we sign him, but if we cannot, then there needs to be a clear plan.
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