Jadon Sancho to Manchester United is almost done. As reported by the BBC, the Red Devils have agreed a £73million fee for the 21-year-old. And a move now looks a matter of time with the club confirming an agreement in principle has been reached.
The switch has been years in the making. At least if you believe the rumour mill. But what does Sancho’s imminent move mean for United’s current players.
Here are three men who could be impacted by Sancho’s big-money signing.
Welsh international Dan James always felt like a stop-gap signing. Bought for £15million (BBC), he has struggled to make an impact after an initial flurry of goals.
United have faltered on the right wing for years. James has not alleviated that issue but Sancho certainly will.
Equally effective on either flank, Sancho is likely to rotate. But, once Marcus Rashford is fit and firing, it is on the right where he should feature regularly.
James only made 15 league appearances last season. And that number could drop further if Sancho has the desired effect.
The prospect of Jadon Sancho forming a long-term partnership with Mason Greenwood is exciting. But could the former limit the latter’s game time in the short term?
If Rashford is fully fit, he is likely to play on the opposite wing to Sancho, with Edinson Cavani through the middle. That leaves Greenwood as backup striker.
The Uruguayan’s age – and Greenwood’s ability – means the youngster will still get chances. But he may have to be a little more patient in light of the £73m man’s arrival.
It will be interesting to see what next season has in store for Amad Diallo.
In time, United will be hoping he is another Sancho in the making. But how many starts will he make given the 21-year-old’s signing?
It is more likely that Amad will be an impact sub; and that is no bad thing.
Amad can learn a lot from Sancho on the training field. But the Ivorian will be a slow burn rather than an (almost)instant fix.
Sancho’s signing means there will be little pressure on Amad when he does play. But time will tell if they can ultimately start together.