Manchester United’s talks to sign Jadon Sancho are at an ‘advanced stage’, The Guardian reported on Monday.

Sancho is expected to take the number seven shirt, which was temporarily vacated when Alexis Sanchez was sent out on loan to Inter Milan.

Sanchez’s spell at United turned out to be a monumental failure, and getting him off the club’s books ought to be a top priority.

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Since the lockdown, Sanchez’s form at Inter has been pretty impressive. In one match he created 10 chances in a single game, and has seven assists and three goals in that time.

This has led to Inter being very keen to buy him permanently, and Italian newspaper Corriere dello Serra has reported that a 15 million Euros agreement (£13.5m) is in place with United.

A deal is expected to go through after Inter’s Europa League game with Getafe on Wednesday night. His loan deal expires the next day.

Move likely despite uncertainty

Inter boss Antonio Conte is reportedly agitated at Inter Milan about a lack of communication from the club’s owners, despite finishing in second in Serie A.

Sky Italia report Inter have lined up Massimiliano Allegri as a replacement in case Conte walks away.

While this could throw doubt on Sanchez’s move to Inter, Conte’s frustration is reported on in the Corriere dello Serra report, with it claimed the deal with United is still likely to proceed.

 

A timely boost for United

United could conclude this sale before or at the same time as a nearing agreement to land Jadon Sancho.

Fabrizio Romano reports also that a deal is close, and crucially, that Sanchez’s personal terms are already agreed.

He references Di Marzio’s website, which claims United will waive a fee, just to get Sanchez’s wages off the club’s books.

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Getting any kind of a fee for Sanchez would be a bonus for United. Ultimately it does not matter too much.

The most important aspect is getting Sanchez’s excessive wages off United’s wage bill. He is the club’s highest earner, and has not justified the outlay.

Getting rid of Sanchez’s salary frees United up more to give Jadon Sancho what he wants, and makes United’s balance look a lot better.

If United can get the Sanchez agreement done and dusted this week, it could be the final piece in the jigsaw to accelerate the move to land Sancho.

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