Manchester United are in the market for three key signings in the upcoming transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add a right-sided forward, another striker, and a centre-half to his squad. As per James Ducker, the club made Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho their primary target. Officials at Manchester United believe they have a big opportunity to catch Manchester City and Liverpool if they sign the right players.
REPORT: Manchester United Reveal Jadon Sancho Transfer Plan
The Next Big Transfer Saga
Manchester United’s hunt for Jadon Sancho is no secret by now and the press have reported the news for months. Sancho fits the mould of what the United boss’ are looking for in their updated transfer policy. He is young, hungry, British and incredibly talented.
The story will undoubtedly be the story of the window, and Borussia Dortmund made the first move this week. Dortmund officials gave Manchester United an ultimatum – to get the deal done by August 10th. This is in the middle of Manchester United’s continued Europa League campaign and is no doubt a ploy to unsettle United.
Another hitch in the story is a difference in valuation. Borussia Dortmund are adamant that they want $100million (£87million) for Sancho and reports circulated that Manchester United only have £50million allocated for Sancho.
Despite this disparity, Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic reported that this may not be the case. He claims that Manchester United have more cash allocated for Sancho than they are telling the world as a negotiating tactic. Jadon Sancho remains United’s number one priority this summer.
James Ducker also reports that Manchester United are in for two more players after Sancho. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants quality in depth, therefore requires a striker and a centre-half.
Manchester United’s striking options are incredibly strong already. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Odion Ighalo can all play there. However, speaking in a press conference, Solskjaer recalled his time as a player to explain that strength in depth wins titles.
I’ve been here myself for so many years as a striker” said Solskjaer. “Teddy Sheringham comes in, Dwight Yorke comes in, Ruud van Nistelrooy comes in, Wayne Rooney comes in. We’ve always got to look at improving.”
Manchester United have seven contracted centre-halves. So, if they want to bring one in, one can expect a few to leave. Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are both expected to leave, and Solskjaer wants a left-footed centre-half in their place. Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake was reportedly a target after Solskjaer had a word with him after the 5-2 victory over the Cherries. However, Solskjaer played this link down.
It is clear that United view this summer’s transfer window as a massive opportunity. Most club’s budgets will significantly drop due to COVID-19, however, United’s commercial revenues are so high. This means their budgets are less affected than most. Club officials want to take advantage of this by adding extra quality in the squad. Manchester United hope that, with new faces, they catch up to the might of Liverpool and Manchester City.