Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told Ed Woodward he wants to sign a forward instead of being dependent on Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils have spent the whole transfer window chasing the Borussia Dortmund star. But they’re struggling to get a deal over the line, with the Bundesliga giants being stubborn in negotiations so far.
Manchester United have struggled with right wingers ever since Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid back in the summer of 2009.
In the years since, the likes of Antonio Valencia, Memphis Depay, Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez have all failed to flourish at Old Trafford.
But United are hopeful they can sign Sancho; and the Dortmund star can be the exception, having undergone a series of character tests on the 20-year-old behind the scenes.
So far, however, Dortmund have dug their heels in over his asking price.
They’re adamant they’ll only let their prized asset go if they receive £108million, a fee United don’t want to meet because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
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And ESPN say Solskjaer has told Woodward that he wants a forward signed and doesn’t want to become dependent on whether or not Sancho arrives at the club.
The club have discussed three alternatives, despite continuing to press for a deal to be struck.
United are interested in Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman, though the Frenchman’s winning goal against PSG in the recent Champions League final makes him an ambitious transfer target.
The Red Devils have also eyed Douglas Costa, despite the Brazil international scoring just three times for Juventus last term.
And United admire Ousmane Dembele, even though the France international has failed to realise his full potential during a three-year spell at Barcelona.
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The report adds that United have left the No 7 shirt vacant in the hope that Sancho will arrive before the transfer window shuts on October 5.
And, speaking recently, club legend Darren Fletcher expressed a belief that the 20-year-old ‘ticks all the boxes’ for Solskjaer’s side.
He told The Metro: “At his young age, to be doing what he’s doing at that level of football is fantastic and there’s no doubt that he has got a bright future in the game.
“It’s clearly a position that Manchester United, I feel, have needed for a number of years now, somebody who naturally wants to play off that right-hand side.
“So, I think that it ticks all the boxes in that respect but – at the same time – these transfers are very, very difficult.
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“Large sums of money in these times, there’s a lot of circumstances involved in it.
“It’s not just Jadon Sancho and his representatives, it’s Borussia Dortmund, it’s Manchester United and I’m sure there will be other clubs interested in him as well.
“He’d be a fantastic acquisition for anyone who gets him.”
Sancho scored 17 goals and registered 17 assists for Dortmund across all competitions last season.
But they still ended the campaign without a trophy, with the German side finishing second to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga standings.
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