According to Forbes, Manchester United could rekindle their interest in Jadon Sancho if Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku depart Old Trafford this summer and the club is flushed with money from their sales. The Red Devils have already announced the departures of Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera while both Romelu Lukaku and Pogba have been linked with a move away from Manchester.
It was believed that United gave up their pursuit of Sancho earlier this summer, but could revive their £100 million move once they clear out Pogba and Lukaku from the club as it would help them fund a move for the English international.
Where does Sancho fit in at Manchester United?
Sancho has become a household name in European football after a remarkable campaign with Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old was involved in 32 goals in just 43 matches in all competitions, helping the Black and Yellows finish second in the Bundesliga this past season.
The youngster is predominantly a right winger, which means he can be slotted into a wider-attacking role in Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s 4-1-3-2 formation. He could occupy the right-wing slot, with either of Daniel James, Alexis Sanchez or Anthony Martial starting on the opposite flank while Juan Mata, or preferably a new attacking midfield can feature as a number ten.
Sancho’s incredible dribbling prowess coupled with his trickery on the flanks, could add more dynamism to the United attack. Additionally, the 19-year-old can get to the byline and provide dangerous crosses into the box, which should bode well for the United attack that has lacked the creative substance for the past few years.
Is Sancho a realistic target for United?
While Manchester United fans are no stranger to big money signings, their failure to qualify for the Champions League next season could create complications in their pursuit of star players. Sancho, in that regard, is unlikely to sacrifice regular CL action with Dortmund in favour of a move to Old Trafford this summer.
From a sporting perspective, however, the addition of the England international could make sense as both Sanchez and Martial have struggled with lack of consistency. Sancho will thus be able to offer Solskjaer additional options in the final third.
But financially, Sancho’s £100 million pursuit could cripple the Red Devils in their apparent plan of undergoing a significant squad overhaul this summer. And with the Dortmund star unlikely to change clubs this summer, the Red Devils should shift their focus to a more realistic attacking option as they aim to shore up their attack.