Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford chat during England training
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Jadon Sancho has reportedly asked Manchester United if he can wear the No 7 shirt at Old Trafford once he completes his long-awaited switch. A deal is on the verge of completion with United having reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign the England international.
United have reportedly agreed to pay an initial £73million with £5m in add-ons to bring the 21-year-old back to England four years after he left Manchester City’s academy to join Dortmund.
The London-born forward is thought to have already signed a five-year contract to join United and while the deal is subject to a medical, there are not expected to be any issues that hold up the deal.
And with an official announcement now finally close, 12 months on from when it was first widely expected that Sancho would join United, the winger has requested to wear the No 7 shirt next season per The Guardian.
That would require the co-operation of Edinson Cavani who currently owns the jersey and has agreed a contract extension to stay in Manchester until the summer of 2022 at least.
However, with No 9 Anthony Martial’s future at United uncertain, it could be that the Frenchman leaves and Cavani takes his shirt, freeing up the No 7 for newcomer Sancho.
The Guardian say that United have yet to make a decision on what number Sancho will wear once he signs.
Sancho will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing of the summer window with the likes of Raphael Varane, Kieran Trippier and Declan Rice other targets liked by the Red Devils.
The Norwegian is eager to strengthen in the centre of defence, midfield and up front, although Harry Kane and Erling Haaland may prove too expensive.
That’s with United eager to hunt down Premier League champions Manchester City and looking to end a four-year wait for silverware after losing the Europa League final to Villarreal in May.
Sancho is currently at Euro 2020 with Gareth Southgate’s England squad but has played just six minutes of the tournament.
He was an unused substitute as the Three Lions beat Germany 2-0 in the last 16 on Tuesday and Die Mannschaft legend Jurgen Klinsmann admitted those who watch him regularly in the Bundesliga are baffled by his lack of action this summer.
“It’s a topic that us Germans, we discuss up and down,” Klinsmann told the BBC with Sancho having supplied 16 goals and 20 assists last term for Dortmund across all competitions.
“We cannot understand that Jadon Sancho is not playing for England, or not getting more minutes because we believe he is a very special player who has a different gear. He has unpredictability, so we are surprised he doesn’t get more minutes.”
While United legend Rio Ferdinand reflected on Sancho’s move to United on his FIVE YouTube channel: “I believe in Jadon Sancho. Since he was a kid, he’s had hot press, high expectations, had the bravery to leave Man City and go abroad. Personality, character.
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“He’s gone away and said, ‘Listen, I’m not taking a new contract, I’m not waiting around. I’m going to Dortmund, I’m going to do my thing’.
“A bit like [Paul] Pogba, when he left Man United and went to Juventus, he went there and won the Italian championship a few times.
“We still need other parts. There’s other cogs we need still. On the right hand side, and the left hand side, we haven’t got a winger who goes on the outside. One who goes on the outside, and can cross the ball.
“That’s what you need. He can go both ways, plays with both feet, and on that right wing, as well as Mason’s done, and I’m a massive Mason Greenwood fan, out there, having a winger.
“This is Man United, always associate yourselves with wingers, always have done over the years. In our most successful times, there’s always been wide players who can go out there and cross the ball.
“Mason, he comes inside, he wants goals. It’s a good element, it’s an important aspect, but Jadon will give you both options, and for a full-back, terrible news.
“That’s the beautiful thing about him, the game doesn’t quicken up in his mind. He gets into those fast situations where for a lot of players it becomes hazy. His is a clear picture still, running at full speed or not. He sees it in pure HD.
“That’s the element he’s going to bring, and the element of going out on the outside, beating the full-back and crossing it.
“Then you’ve got Mason Greenwood, Cavani, [Marcus] Rashford coming in from the other side. We should be getting more goals from those scenarios next season to add to the attacking variety.”
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