United should walk away from Sancho saga next summer
After a high profile failure to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, Manchester United the option of returning for him in 2021 remains a possibility, reports The Times.
There is a case United should make a quick decision now, and walk away altogether.
United failed to win a one-horse race for Sancho this summer, and next year it will get even more complicated, with The Independent reporting Bayern Munich and Liverpool are set to enter the race. Don’t rule out Chelsea or Real Madrid either.
Next summer will be even more difficult, especially with Euro 2021 potentially inflating his price tag and delaying a move.
Relations between Dortmund and United are now worse than a year ago after failure to see eye to eye on negotiations. The German side were left ‘bemused’ by United’s approach to the deal, Sky Sports reported.
The Athletic reported Sancho felt undervalued by United’s failure to secure him, which brings a new set of problems; hinting he could choose a club who are more determined to sign him next summer.
If there is one thing worse than spending all summer pursuing and missing out on a player, it is spending all summer pursuing and missing out on a player who signs with a rival club.
United can save themselves the heartbreak and wasted effort and walk away now.
Talented player, but there are other stars available too
Sancho is undoubtedly a special talent, and his price tag is likely to remain around £100 million next season, especially with competition for his signature. Even higher if he plays well and enjoys a strong European Championships for England.
United could finance this by cashing in on Paul Pogba if he decides not to renew his contract, but otherwise, United are likely to want to spend more prudently, as with this summer.
Even with setting an upper limit of £50-60 million, United could still find a quality right winger capable of improving this team.
Depth has already been added with youngsters Pellistri and Traore. United just need a first team ready player able to contribute too.
With a whole year to prepare, United can find a more moderately priced winger capable of filling the void. One without the complications a deal for Sancho will bring.
Having spent three months this past summer trying and failing to do a deal, United cannot afford a similar fruitless effort next year.
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