Manchester United are reportedly plotting an early deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Dean Jones of Bleacher Report writes: “Conversations have already taken place about trying to tie up an end-of-season deal for Sancho well before the summer window actually begins.”
This is a positive sign of intent from United, a very smart move we would like to see.
It is a little ambiguous in the wording as to when this actual deal would be negotiated.
Option A) is that United formalise a fee in January, fixed for a summer transfer.
Chelsea did this with Dortmund last January to arrange a move for Christian Pulisic, although this was out of necessity due to a summer transfer window ban. It at least shows the German side are open to such deals.
Option B) is that United would not negotiate a deal in January but would look to tie up a deal in the subsequent months to be announced at the end of May.
‘Option A’ far better
Sancho is having a little bit of a tricky time at Dortmund at present, substituted early in a weekend defeat to Bayern.
Despite this Sancho sits on four goals and six assists already and is a huge talent, already an England international regular.
Making a move early gives United the jump on rivals. And there will be rival interest. If United miss out on the top four which looks likely, Chelsea for instance might be able to take advantage by offering Champions League football.
In January or in late May, it is essential that if United move for Sancho that a deal is done before Euro 2020. The tournament will drag this out into a long transfer saga and see his price rise and competition for his signature increase.
The Mail report Dortmund are already looking for a replacement as they accept this will likely be Sancho’s final season at the club.
United need to take advantage of this mindset now and do a deal.
Sancho is one of the world’s best young talents and announcing a January move for the summer will give fans, management, and even the current group of players a big lift.
United did not sign a right winger this past summer which on the face of it seemed a peculiar decision.
One obvious reason why, was that United were waiting for 2020 to commit a huge outlay on Sancho.
This is preferable to having splashed out big on Nicolas Pepe and then not being in the running for Sancho this coming year, who is a superior long term prospect.
One of the problems with United’s 2019 summer business was that not enough was done and deals dragged on for weeks.
Getting Sancho in the bag early would get 2020 summer off to a perfect start and United’s reported desire to get a deal tied up in advance is a great sign that lessons have been learned.
It should help Dortmund too to get the money secured early so they can spend it themselves, so there is mutual interest in swift negotiations.
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