Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford chat during England training
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Jadon Sancho has told England players he’s on his way to Manchester United, it has been claimed. The Borussia Dortmund star has long been a transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And, finally, the saga looks set to end.
Manchester United have made significant progress on a deal for Sancho over the past 24 hours.
They’ve managed to agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund and, now, it’s just a matter of time before his move is officially confirmed.
That’s a major boot to United and Solskjaer in particular, especially given how the Norwegian has missed out on the 21-year-old twice in the past.
The first was in 2019, when the club’s failure to secure Champions League football counted against them, while the Red Devils also failed in an attempt last year.
And journalist Tom McDermott has claimed Sancho has told England team-mates at Euro 2020 that he’ll be moving to Old Trafford, effectively confirming the move in private.
“Sancho has told several #Eng teammates he’s heading to Old Trafford,” he said on Twitter.
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“As I reported over 24hrs ago, the deal is practically done. Add ons were the concern, but it appears they’ve been ironed out. #MUF.”
While United signing Sancho is positive news, it could spell the end of Anthony Martial’s time at the club.
The France international was signed by Louis van Gaal back in the summer transfer window of 2015, with the Dutchman convinced the forward could be a future Ballon d’Or winner.
But Martial, despite scoring 23 goals in the 2019/2020 campaign, has never lived up to his vast potential.
Reports have suggested United are now open to letting the Frenchman go, with Sancho likely to impact his chances of regular football.
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And another casualty could be Donny van de Beek.
United forked out £40million on the midfielder 12 months ago, prising him away from Ajax after being priced out of a deal for Jack Grealish.
Van de Beek made a positive start to life in England, netting on his debut in a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
Yet the Netherlands international spent the majority of his first season with the club stuck on the bench, with Solskjaer often overlooking him for the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba instead.
Van de Beek has been linked with Inter Milan, Barcelona and even Arsenal in recent weeks.
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And United appear ready to jettison the 24-year-old if they receive a suitable offer, despite his career with the Red Devils still being in it’s infancy.
Regarding incomings, Solskjaer still wants more.
He knows Sancho alone isn’t enough to win the Premier League title and, currently, has made a new centre-back and central midfielder the priority.
Raphael Varane is admired, with the Real Madrid star eager to strut his stuff in England amid claims United have already reached an agreement with the player’s camp.
And, in midfield, the Red Devils have long had interest in Grealish and West Ham’s Declan Rice.
Co-owner Joel Glazer recently opened up on potential recruitment, insisting United could compete with the world’s biggest clubs for the best players on offer.
“We think that Manchester United is a very well run club, and we think clubs throughout football could take a look at us, and there’s a lot of good to be seen when it comes to some of these things that are controversial,” Glazer said.
“We’re able to spend with the top clubs throughout Europe, whether it’s wages or transfer fees, we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, we’ve not increased them in over 10 years.
“We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three percent of that.
“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt. So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years. The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”
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