It is 56 days since Man United and Jadon Sancho ‘agreed almost every detail of a move to Old Trafford – down to the small print’. The only thing left to sort was the inconsequential matter of an actual transfer fee.
Surprisingly enough, a £115m commitment in the midst of a global pandemic is proving a little problematic. Thus a move to Man United has encountered ‘rocky ground’.
Manchester City could swoop in as a result. The Sun say Sancho ‘has told friends’ he would consider returning, despite the controversial nature of his summer 2017 departure.
And while Man United ‘are still at the front of the queue,’ Sancho ‘is willing to bury the hatchet’ with Pep Guardiola because ‘he fears being left in limbo’.
City do have a first-refusal clause but seem unlikely to stump up £115m at any point, never mind during a worldwide situation like this. But while ‘they have no plans’ to pursue Sancho just yet, that could change if their European ban is overturned and Leroy Sane is sold.
JACK IT IN
The Daily Star suggest Man United will ‘wait another 12 months’ for Sancho after recent quotes from Dortmund chief Sebastian Kehl on how “we continue to assume that he will play and stay next season”.
As a result, Jack Grealish has become their main target, with Sancho ‘undecided’. Ed Woodward ‘will now look to negotiate a deal’ with Aston Villa to sign their captain.
Man United see Grealish as ‘the ideal replacement’ for Juan Mata, with a £150,000-a-week contract and £75m bid mooted.
BOY WHO CRIED WILF
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also ‘taking more than a passing interest’ in Wilfred Ndidi. He ‘wants to strengthen’ his midfield options this summer and the Nigeria international is perhaps the best defensive screen in the Premier League.
This comes from the Daily Express, who suggest Corentin Tolisso and Donny van de Beek are ahead of the Leicester midfielder in terms of United’s preferred targets. But Solskjaer ‘is likely to turn to Ndidi’ in the event neither joins.
PSG wanted Ndidi but their ‘interest has now cooled’. Real Madrid also shortlisted him. A report from Spanish outlet Todofichajes claiming as much last month suggested Ndidi would be available for ‘a maximum cost of 40 million euros’.
Anyone throwing £36m at Leicester for a 23-year-old with four years left on his contract, who is producing some of the best numbers of any defensive midfielder on the continent, should probably consider doubling that.
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