Borussia Dortmund are playing difficult over a move for Jadon Sancho. Such is their hardline stance, that a transfer looks far less certain than it did a week ago.
United are not giving up, Sky Sports report, but the Red Devils must clear the hurdles which have existed to delay the deal so far.
One alternative for United is to simply take the money set aside for Sancho, and throw it towards another top class transfer target to light up the attack.
This is not easy, because there are not many available. But there is one, Kai Havertz.
He currently appears Chelsea bound
Back in June, Manchester United’s name was linked heavily to Havertz, with the MEN claiming that the German would be open to a move.
Since then United’s attentions have focused towards Sancho, fruitlessly, while Havertz has been closely linked to Chelsea.
SkySports report Chelsea are favourites, but are unwilling to pay Bayer Leverkusen’s asking price.
Leverkusen are now out of the Europa League, and his future is expected to be decided over the next fortnight.
United have small window to hijack deal
United have a small window now to hijack Chelsea’s move for Havertz, if we so wished.
Havertz can play in three positions, as a striker, a central playmaker, and on the right wing. This versatility would make him an essential first team star.
The £90 million asking price is below the £108 million Dortmund are demanding for Sancho.
This would mean United could still sign a star name, a potentially world class young player, while paying a big fee which is slightly easier to digest in this financial climate.
A move for Havertz would shake up the Premier League, in terms of the German’s outstanding talent, and by denying competitors Chelsea a key player.
While Chelsea could respond by trying to sign Sancho, this would be tough, considering Dortmund’s stance, and the fact they are hesitating over a £90 million deal as opposed to a £108 million one.
Even if United believe Sancho to be attainable, Havertz is more so. Bayer Leverkusen are ready to cash in, acknowledging they cannot hold him back any longer.
As it stands, this is Chelsea’s move to close, but United may want to explore the option if there is real doubt at Old Trafford that Sancho can be signed.
A move for Havertz would satisfy most fans who would be disappointed to miss out on Sancho. There really are not many other players out there who could do the same, especially available ones.
With the alternative being risking missing out on Sancho, and standing by and letting Chelsea move for Havertz, United would be making a mistake by at least trying not to muscle in.
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