Jadon Sancho has dominated Manchester United’s summer but with the days dwindling until the end of the transfer window, reported alternatives are emerging.
As ever, it’s impossible to know if they’re genuine or just a ham-fisted attempt to force Dortmund’s hand over Sancho.
But French outlet L’Equipe report that United’s swoop for Ousmane Dembele is taking shape, and that contact between us and Barcelona has ramped up in recent days.
The World Cup winner is apparently enthusiastic about the prospect of coming to the Premier League, too.
It seems that whether United buy Sancho or Dembele, Borussia Dortmund will benefit financially.
Of course they’d get more money out of a potential British record fee for Sancho, but then they’d lose one of their top players without much time to replace him.
If United sign Dembele, German outlet Ruhr Nachrichten report that Dortmund would get 10 million euros (£9.1 million).
Importantly, the report says that’s still the case even if Barca agree to a loan, which is the type of deal which has been most widely mooted.
Jadon Sancho: Why Manchester United want him
- Sancho had a prolific 2019/20 season
Sancho ended the season with 20 goals and 18 assists, finishing as Dortmund’s top goalscorer.
- Creative star setting assist records
Sancho provided 16 Bundesliga assists this season. This was the most recorded by a Dortmund player since 2004/05.
- Sancho became the youngest ever player in the Bundesliga to score 15 goals
He set this record in his first season, breaking a record which had stood since 1967.
- Sancho has 34 first team goals for Dortmund
This is more goals at the age of 20 than either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi had scored in their careers.
- Gets better as games go on
14 of Sancho’s 17 Bundesliga goals this season were scored in the second half of matches as he wore opponents down, along with 12 of his assists.
It’s not a great look for United. We were doing business almost right to the deadline last summer, and until the eleventh hour in January.
Now, one of Europe’s best-run clubs look set to profit from our frantic rush, no matter what we do.
While United fans tie themselves in knots waiting for news of new arrivals and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets grilled by the press over a lack of signings, Dortmund sit tight and prepare to get richer.
If Dortmund don’t get richer before Monday, that likely means United haven’t signed a new right midfielder.