Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping Manchester United’s England players can convince Jadon Sancho to move to Old Trafford. The Borussia Dortmund sensation has been earmarked as the Reds Devils’ top transfer target ahead of the summer window. He is valued in excess of £100million by his current club.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his colleagues began drawing up their transfer plans in February when it was decided to try and lure former Manchester City winger Sancho back to the Premier League.
Sancho is one of the hottest properties in the game after chipping in with 30 goals and 38 assists in 78 appearances for Borussia Dortmund over the last two seasons.
As a result, the 20-year-old has broken into Gareth Southgate’s England squad and Manchester United want to use their connections to seal his signature.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer is hoping the club’s English players can persuade Sancho with private sales pitches.
Sancho is particularly close with Marcus Rashford, who has urged his pal to move to Old Trafford.
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“It would be good, Sancho’s a great player and he’s like a new generation player,” Rashford said.
“It’s definitely exciting to watch him become the player he’s becoming. Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good.
“He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative, these are the things you need to be world class.”
Dortmund are holding out for a fee in excess of £100million and appear, at least publicly, to be playing hardball over Sancho’s transfer price, despite the coronavirus crisis likely having a major impact on the financial health of football clubs.
CEO Hans Joachim Watzke said: “I can explicitly say that even the very rich clubs, despite the existential crisis, should not believe that they can go on a bargain tour with us. We don’t have to sell anyone below their value.
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“In my opinion, I don’t think he wants to leave.”
He added: “I think he has the feeling that this club has a good future.
“It’s not a question of money. For us, it would be the best position if he stays at Borussia Dortmund.
“We have enough money. We want to have titles. I think this team has a lot more potential with Jadon than without Jadon.”
Despite the transfer speculation, United bigwig Ed Woodward has admitted there are unlikely to be huge fees being spent in the summer transfer window.
“Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football,” said Woodward.
“It may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.
“As ever, our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.
“On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport.
“It’s also important to acknowledge the part played by our successful business in allowing us to fulfil our social responsibilities.
“We have always believed that our commercial model gives us greater resilience than most clubs and we are grateful for the enduring support of our commercial partners in helping us achieve that.”
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