Man Utd want Barcelona flop Ousmane Dembele as Jadon Sancho transfer alternative

Manchester United want to add Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho to their ranks this summer but have now hatched a plan in case a deal becomes too difficult to pull off. Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are eyeing Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele who is currently out of favour at the Nou Camp.

Dembele has struggled to make much of an impact at the Catalan club since his switch from Dortmund in the summer of 2017.

United are looking to add first-team quality to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.

Sancho has been sensational this season for Dortmund, netting 20 goals and providing 20 assists for his team-mates.

But the Bundesliga side are said to want in the region of €100million (£87m) for the England international.

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United are not prepared to pay that sort of money and are therefore looking at Dembele as a possible alternative, according to The Athletic.

The France star has hardly played for Barcelona this season and could be available at a more reasonable price in what in a transfer window severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dortmund have also set an August 10 deadline although United are not said to be worried by that.

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged the club to offer a new contract to Paul Pogba.

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  • Man Utd boss Solskjaer wants two signings after Sancho transfer

The World Cup winner has been in superb form since the Premier League restart and could commit his future to the Red Devils.

He said: “I can’t comment on discussions between the player and the club, but of course we want to keep the best players around the club.

“We want to build a squad for the future and Scott and Nemanja are in a similar position, but at different stages in their careers.

“One is at the start and one is really experienced. We also need players in the mid-range group. Hopefully we can do something (with Pogba).

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“I know that since Paul’s come back he’s been looking better and better. He’s enjoying his football and let’s see where it takes us.”

United return to Premier League action tonight against Aston Villa (8.15pm).

The Red Devils could move to within a point of Leicester who currently sit fourth in the table.

Solskjaer’s side are desperate to force their way into the Champions League qualifying places which would help them in signing either Sancho or Dembele.

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