In general, we are trying to be wary of taking transfer rumours as gospel right now.
We reported the £135 million Saul Niguez links with scepticism this week, and don’t believe Paul Pogba will manage to get his dream exit either. Even Jack Grealish looks like a luxury.
When it comes to Jadon Sancho, everything seems to be adding up to suggest Manchester United will not be deterred by an emerging financial crisis.
The latest credible report backing United’s intentions comes from German channel Sport1, with journalist Raphael Honigstein asserting that United are determined to get the deal done.
Key lines in the report
United are said to be going ‘all in’ to sign Sancho, with chief executive Ed Woodward more determined than ever.
The club is said to be ‘working hard to conclude’ a ‘mega deal’ for Sancho worth over 100 million Euros.
Honigstein says United are ‘very confident’ United can get the Sancho deal done.
The club chose him as a ‘pillar of the future’ a while ago and are keen to see the transfer through.
United are also said to be well placed financially to cope with the crisis, and have the cash reserves to afford a one off fee on an elite talent.
This is a case of United needing to speculate in order to accumulate.
Missing out on Sancho would make United more likely to fail to mount title challenges, and fail to qualify for future Champions League campaigns.
Not doing both in recent years has left United’s income falling.
Going big for Sancho now would be a sign of strength, attracting sponsorship at a key time, and put United back on track to finish in the top four and begin building a title challenging team.
Competing for silverware brings with it financial glory. This is why United were so well off in the first place, from the success in the early 90s.
Taking a calculated gamble now to add Sancho to an already promising attack will pay off long term.
While other clubs tighten their belts, United can jump ahead by doing a deal for Sancho.
We don’t expect multiple big money deals, but if Sancho signs, whatever else happens in the next transfer window, it will be classed as a success.
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