We know by now that Jadon Sancho is a clear top target for Manchester United this summer.
The Telegraph report United are heavy favourites in the race for the Borussia Dortmund star.
He could cost over £100 million, a staggering fee which would take up a large chunk of the club’s transfer budget.
What if Paul Pogba decides to stay? How do United add to the midfield and attack while still signing Sancho?
In the league Sancho plays in there is plenty of talent and United could potentially snap up three bargains for under £50 million.
Here is a look at three players who would improve United’s squad for sensible money…
Schalke midfielder Suat Serdar is a 22-year-old star who has made impressive strides this season.
He has scored 7 goals in 17 starts from midfield which include three in his last 10 games.
He ranks in the top five Bundesliga midfielders this season for tackles, averaging 2.8 per game.
He can play at the base of a diamond as a defensive midfielder, but also has the ability to chip with goals regularly.
“He’s a fantastic footballer because he’s so confident on the ball, dynamic and he’s got a sharp eye for goal too,” says Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider [via Bundesliga.com]
Transfermarkt has Serdar valued at £18 million.
The son of French defender Lilian, Marcus Thuram is a quality footballer in his own right, forging his own path with Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Thuram plays in a similar position to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. He’s a striker who likes to cut in from the left.
With Sancho joining to play on the right, Thuram would add more cover on the left and give United another valuable versatile attacking option in the centre too.
The Bundesliga website describes him: “Quick, direct and with the upper body strength to clear defenders out the way, the sight of Gladbach’s new man running at you is enough to make any defender reconsider their profession.”
This season he has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists. Transfermarkt value Thuram at £25 million.
Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba has emerged as one of the surprises of the Bundesliga season.
After scoring 20 goals last season to fire Koln to promotion, Cordoba has continued his strong form, netting 11 times this campaign so far.
He is a direct striker who at 26 would be a younger alternative to Odion Ighalo as a back-up striker.
Bundesliga.com compare him in style to Didier Drogba, praising his speed, hold-up play, and strong finishing.
Cordoba told the site: “I liked the way he played football. A battering-ram type who would always ride roughshod over everyone.”
United could do with a bit of that approach as an alternative option up front to bring off the bench and wear teams down. Transfermarkt value Cordoba at just £5 million.
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