Manchester United will reportedly walk away from a deal for Jadon Sancho, with Ed Woodward considering the Borussia Dortmund star to be too expensive. That’s rankled with supporters of the club, with ‘#Woodwardout’ trending on Twitter on Sunday night. But here’s four things that United chief should do if he chooses to eye alternative targets.
Sign Memphis Depay back
United need another forward.
While Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have all sparkled substitutes like Jesse Lingard and Daniel James aren’t up to scratch.
United were burned when they signed Memphis Depay in 2015, with the player enduring a miserable 18 months at Old Trafford before leaving for Lyon.
But the player has rebuilt his career in Ligue 1, recently helping his team reach the Champions League semi-finals.
United were smart enough to include a buyback clause on the Netherlands international and, at £36million, he’d represent a substantial bargain.
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Get Jack Grealish in
As well as Sancho, it’s an open secret that United want to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old is versatile, capable of playing both centrally and on the flanks, and would benefit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Villa want £75million to part ways with their prized asset.
But United, by including players such as Sergio Romero, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot, could be able to lessen their resolve.
If they can knock £15m off the price tag, and sign Depay, the pair would arrive for less than £100m. With a budget of £150m reportedly available, that would be good business.
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Sign Malang Sarr
United want more options at centre-back, despite Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof striking up a good partnership at Old Trafford.
And Malang Sarr, who has been linked with Arsenal, could be worth the punt.
The centre-back is a slick operator on the ball and hard in the tackle. In addition to that, he’s also available as a free agent.
Sarr is quick, too, and would be able to cover Maguire when the England international’s pace lets him down.
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Recruit Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani is currently a free agent and, having established himself as one of the best forwards in world football, would be a worthy investment.
His wages would be high but the Uruguay international has always been consistent and would offer a new dimension to Solskjaer’s attack.
With Odion Ighalo set to return to Shanghai Shenhua in January, he’d be able to lend his experience to young players on the club’s books.
And, as a goal-getter, he’d given Premier League defences a tough time of things.
United have seen Galactico signings disappoint in the past but Cavani could be the exception to the rule.
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