If Jadon Sancho moves to England this summer, Manchester United will be hoping to beat some fierce rivals to his signature.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, United remain interested in the winger. However, Liverpool have also long been linked with Sancho.
The two go head-to-head this weekend, with the latter’s Champions League hopes in the balance. And that is an interesting sub-plot when United play hosts on Sunday.
United’s chances of signing Sancho have previously been tied to their participation in Europe’s top competition. And the same could be the case with Liverpool this time round.
If both sides finish in the top four, the 21-year-old’s decision could be trickier. But if United win this weekend, it could be the final nail in the coffin for their opponents’ qualification hopes.
There are other teams who could challenge United for Sancho’s signature. Yet ensuring one of the most likely is not playing Champions League football next season would be a big advantage.
United may no longer be realistically challenging for the title. But there are plenty of reasons to win on Sunday.
Second place is not yet secured, bragging rights cannot be understated and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to maintain his side’s good form.
United have a big summer ahead of them. They are tantalisingly close to having a title-winning team.
One key area they need to strengthen is on the right wing – step forward Sancho.
The England international may have had a disappointing campaign by his own high standards. But he still has 12 goals and 16 assists and he would be a considerable upgrade on some of United’s other wide options.
United may have to pay big to get him. But a bidding war could be avoided with one of their biggest rivals if only one of the pair are dining at Europe’s top table.