Manchester United fans know all about lengthy transfer sagas. Often the ones we remember are the unsuccessful ones.
Wesley Sneijder in 2011, Arturo Vidal in 2014, and ‘any centre-back’ in 2018 all spring to mind.
Entering the 2020 transfer window, United’s business was being built up as ‘Jadon Sancho or bust’.
There was still scope for some creativity, if United looked to spend on alternative wingers – but as the window has gone on, it has increasingly looked like there simply is no back-up option. It really is Sancho or bust.
A move for Donny van de Beek was necessary, for other reasons, with United requiring back-up for Bruno Fernandes.
But the Dutchman’s arrival has not in any way decreased United’s move for Sancho.
Right wing has been an area which has been neglected at United for far too long.
Sancho resolution will define the summer
Right now it appears that whatever signings are made between now and October 5, the transfer window will be remembered by whatever happens with Jadon Sancho.
Put simply; if United sign Sancho, the summer will be successful.
If United cannot get the deal done, the transfer window will be remembered as a failure, with United missing out on the club’s top target.
The good news is, the Sancho saga appears to finally be trending in the right direction.
There is still the thorny issue of agreeing a fee with Borussia Dortmund, who publicly have insisted Sancho is not for sale.
ESPN still report Dortmund want 120 million Euros, a record sum of £108 million. United would prefer to get it under triple figures.
It is hard to see Dortmund relenting, and if United really want Sancho, they club will have to pay up. Otherwise the summer will be defined as a failure, rather than a success.
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