Ever since Borussia Dortmund made clear they refused to cave in and let Jadon Sancho go for below their £108 million asking price, there has been speculation as to whether the winger could hand in a transfer request [via The Independent].
Sancho has not taken this course of action so far, nor has he given any indication that he will.
There is one way for Manchester United to try and change his mind. That is by becoming totally irresistible and forcing the issue, that he decides to push for an exit.
How can Manchester United do it?
The confirmed signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax is a step in the right direction.
Van de Beek is a proven Champions League player and raises the calibre of footballer in the Manchester United squad.
There are likely to be more signings to come, possibly from the Bundesliga.
The Telegraph report United are looking to sign Dayot Upamecano, one of the best defenders in Germany. Jadon Sancho will know him well.
He would be a statement signing, with clubs across Europe including Real Madrid keen on his signature (AS report).
United are also reported to be interested in signing Bayern Munich maestro Thiago Alcantara [The Mirror].
This is a hard deal to do, but it would be a statement signing from United. Thiago is worth going the extra mile for.
This could push Sancho
If United can move quickly and tie up deals for Upamecano and Thiago, it might be enough to tempt Sancho into making a snap decision over his future.
Add in this level of talent to United’s already impressive core, boasting his fellow England internationals Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, plus Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, and Sancho will be looking towards joining a star-studded team.
This applies even if the individual moves for Upamecano and Thiago are not possible. United must switch to similarly high level targets.
United are already a tempting proposition for the youngster, and the MEN has reported that he wants the move.
So far Sancho has not rocked the Dortmund boat in order to get what he wants.
If he sees United building a super-team, and is impressed by the transfer activity the club are doing without him, it could force his hand to hand in a formal request for a move, which in turn may even knock down his asking price.
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