It is now certain that Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is moving to Premier League side Manchester United for €85m in a five-year deal. United and Dortmund have reached an agreement in principle for England international Jadon Sancho. Both clubs have finally drawn curtains on a saga that began roughly two years ago.
The 21-year-old will sign a five-year deal till 2026 with the option for another year. The formal processing of the transfer will be done after Sancho undergoes his medical and signs the contract, but that will happen after England’s participation in the ongoing European Championship comes to a close.
United made Sancho’s signing official on Thursday evening
We have agreed a deal in principle for the transfer of Jadon Sancho to United! 🔴⚪⚫#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 1, 2021
The deal puts an end to one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the past few years, with both parties pleased to reach an agreement. United were close to completing the deal for Sancho last year but were told to cough up an astonishing €120 million by Borussia Dortmund.
After being patient in their approach, the Red Devils hierarchy are believed to be pleased to wrap up a deal that is €35 million less than the very first asking price.
The England international has asked for the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, which has previously been worn by some of the greats such as George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Talk about not feeling the nerves. Edinson Cavani currently wears the number 7 and will be given a new one for the 2021-22 season.
United fans have gone into a meltdown since Sancho’s arrival was confirmed
🔴 Jadon Sancho (21) as a right winger.
🔴 Mason Greenwood (19) as a centre forward.
🔴 Marcus Rashford (23) as a left winger.
All three from England, the future attack of Manchester United. 😍 pic.twitter.com/dsfhjbhCvb
— Pro Future Stars (@ProFutureStars1) July 1, 2021
Besides Sancho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add a defensive midfielder and a centre-back and also a striker, even though Cavani has already penned a new one-year contract at Old Trafford. The Norwegian manager also wants to sign a backup option for Wan-Bissaka, to increase the competition.
Various players have been linked for those positions. West Ham’s Declan Rice and Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga are the main targets for the defensive midfield positions, while Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Pau Torres of Villarreal are the preferred centre-back options.
Harry Kane, who has made it clear he wants to leave Spurs, is the major target for a second striker which seems improbable, given the status of both the strikers. Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier was being targeted for the right-back role, but Atletico Madrid priced him away and now the Red Devils consider Diogo Dalot as the viable alternative.
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From what I am seeing, United are building something exciting and are trying to elevate themselves to be Premier League title contenders. Thus, it would be short-sighted and even naive for rival club fans to think of Solskjaer’s team as not capable of being title challengers next season.
However, spending big also has its downsides. If the team has an underwhelming start to the Premier League campaign, Solskjaer himself can be made the first scapegoat. Whatever happens, things are about to get eventful in the red half of Manchester.
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