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Manchester United Refusing To Pay More Than This Amount For Winger: What Should Be Ole’s Play?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Sky Sports News, Manchester United are refusing to pay more than £50m for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Jadon Sancho this summer. The same source has also claimed that the English winger is eager to seal a return to the Premier League, but Dortmund are demanding more than £100m for the player which could be a huge stumbling block for the Red Devils during the summer transfer window.

Sancho’s Spectacular Spell At The Signal Iduna Park

Sancho has established himself as one of the top performers in German football this season after producing a plethora of match-winning performances as the chief orchestrator of Lucien Favre’s attack. The 20-year-old has participated in 44 matches for Dortmund this term, registering 20 goals and 20 assists across multiple competitions, which is a remarkable feat for a player of his age.

The London-born starlet has shown incredible consistency with his performances out on the wide areas as evidenced by his average of 1.8 shots, 2.1 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League this season. He has also been quite accurate with his ball-distribution after completing 85.1% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Sancho has also made seven senior appearances for the England national team, scoring two goals for his country so far. Maybe a return to the Premier League could offer him a more prominent platform to showcase his skills and secure a guaranteed place in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals.

Manchester United refusing to pay more than £50m for Sancho who is in action in the picture
Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC at Signal Iduna Park on June 06, 2020, in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

What Will The Bundesliga Wing Wizard Bring To The Table?

Sancho can put his pace and agility to good use when attempting to complete some penetrative dribbles down the right flank. He is proficient at beating his marker in the final third as he possesses the skillset to beat any defender in world football. The England international has also transformed himself into a prolific goal-scorer and assist-maker at the highest level, which makes him a dream target for any of his potential suitors.

Recruiting a player of Sancho’s calibre would have not only added more goals and creativity to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack but also improved the overall quality of his first-team at Old Trafford. Plus, he would also help the Red Devils bridge the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City at the summit of English football.

What Should Be Solskjaer’s Play Here?

Man United’s refusal to pay more than £50m makes sense due to the dire economic conditions of the current transfer market brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it does not seem like Dortmund will budge from their £100m+ asking price as Sancho still has two years left to run on his contract at Signal Iduna Park.

Man United might have to wait another year before they can launch a realistic offer to land the English whizkid. Hence, Solskjaer will be better of concentrating on some of his other targets as he will struggle to come to an agreement with the Bundesliga outfit with regards to signing Sancho this summer.

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