Manchester United have agreed to pay Borussia Dortmund most of their £81.5million asking price for Jadon Sancho up front, according to reports. The England international is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main aim for the summer transfer window. And a blockbuster move to Old Trafford now seems close to completion.
Manchester United have admired Sancho for a number of years.
The club first tried to sign the England international from Manchester City in 2017, only to miss out to Borussia Dortmund instead.
And, since then, it’s been a similar story.
United thought they could get Sancho two years ago but, after failing to finish in the Premier League top four, swooped for Daniel James instead.
And they also missed out 12 months ago, walking away from a deal after Borussia Dortmund’s massive £108m price tag put them off.
Now, United are hoping to succeed when it comes to Sancho.
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And the Mirror claim they’ve agreed to pay Dortmund most of their £81.5m asking price for Sancho up front, rather than in instalments.
United have used structured payments to sign players in the past but the German side would prefer to bank a large sum all in one go so it can be used on potential replacements.
At last, United’s pursuit of Sancho appears to be nearing completion.
And he’s not the only player the club are hoping to land in this summer’s transfer window, with Solskjaer also eyeing reinforcements in multiple other departments.
Up top, a return for Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t been ruled out.
The Juventus star already appears to have said goodbye to the Serie A giants, who are determined to get him off the wage bill following the return of Massimiliano Allegri as manager.
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Ronaldo previously spent six successful years at United, winning every major trophy including the Champions League crown in 2008 and three straight Premier League crowns.
And with Solskjaer keen to use Edinson Cavani carefully next term, it’s possible United will go after the 36-year-old despite him entering the twilight years of his career.
At the back, Raphael Varane is their main aim.
However, there has been speculation from Spain that United are also in the mix to sign Sergio Ramos – who will be available on a free transfer following his release from Real Madrid.
At right-back, Kieran Trippier is wanted to help Aaron Wan-Bissaka improve.
And, when it comes to the central midfield areas, United have interest in West Ham’s Declan Rice and Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish.
Speaking earlier this month, meanwhile, United owner Joel Glazer vowed to back Solskjaer on the transfer front and turn the club into a major force again.
“Our goal is to win every competition we compete in, and we will continue to invest in our Academy and in the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals,” he said.
“As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment.
“This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come.
“In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process.”
And he then added: “It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch.
“We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it’s easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.
“You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that’s not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we’re able to accomplish all these things and still have.
“We’re going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we’re in a good spot.”