Dortmund looking for Sancho replacement, do United still have a chance?

If you still believe Manchester United can lure the very best talents in world football then there is good news on the horizon regarding Jadon Sancho.

The Mail report Borussia Dortmund have accepted this is likely to be Sancho’s final season at the club.

The report states they are actively looking for a replacement.

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Now for the bad news and the reality check

The same report claims Real Madrid are stepping up their own interest in Sancho.


While the Spanish giants can be an unstable club at times with their managerial changes, they never drop out of the top four and will have Champions League football to offer next season.

Real have a prestige level like United and Sancho could be attracted by replacing Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu. Working with Zinedine Zidane is another obvious attraction.

Right now sitting 10th in the Premier League, United can’t even look Sancho in the eye and say we can guarantee him even Europa League football in 2020/21.

United are spiralling this season and at present there are just as many reasons for Sancho not to join as there are for him to head to Old Trafford.

Other English clubs will also be keen. If Chelsea’s transfer ban is overturned expect them to make a play for him too.

Sancho has four goals and five assists this season for Dortmund. That’s more than Jesse Lingard has managed for us in the past 18 months.

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In our favour

The report claims Dortmund are looking to generate £100 million from a bidding war for Sancho.

This puts United firmly in play and will eliminate some of the competition for him.

It might even rule out Real Madrid. As we have seen from their failed pursuit of Paul Pogba, they don’t have an unlimited pit of money to dip into.

Sancho is the type of player we need at United, an attacking, creative winger with the potential to be one of the world’s best.

Our interest in him is long standing and he should not be scared off by a temporary, if alarming, downturn in form.

The size of United should speak for itself. He is pals with Marcus Rashford and used to play in Manchester for City before walking out on them.

Dortmund appear willing to cash in, knowing Sancho is ready for the next step in his career.

There are still significant hurdles for United to overcome to sign Sancho, including being willing to sanction a club record transfer fee. But Dortmund’s reported acceptance that this will be his last season is a great start and helps a potential deal even get to the negotiating table.

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