Manchester United will not regret forking out the fourth-highest transfer fee in football history to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, insists Andros Townsend.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for the England winger and are thought to be locked in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over a big-money deal.
However it is now being reported that the move, promising to be the biggest saga of this transfer window, may not happen.
Reports late on Tuesday claimed United are refusing to be held to ransom by the Bundesliga club over their incredible asking price for the Three Lions star – who joined them for just £8million from Man City three years ago.
It is understood Man United are now threatening to pull out of negotiations unless Dortmund lower their demands, saying they cannot justify splashing that much cash for Sancho’s fee and wages in a post-COVID-19 environment.
But Premier League ace Townsend insist it would be money well spent by the Red Devils, saying the 20-year-old ‘has got it all’ to be one of the top footballers in the world.
“Jadon Sancho is a world-class player, potentially a future a Ballon d’Or winner,” the Crystal Palace winger told the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“Paying £110m for a player of his age and his quality, I think he’s more than worth that.
“He’s English, he’s young, I think they’re getting a bargain if they are getting him for that price.
“Obviously he’s going to bring a lot of creativity, he’s a very fast and skilful player, he can play on both wings, he’s two-footed, he’s played oversees so can handle that pressure of leaving his family…
“He’s got it all for someone of such a young age – he’s only 20!
“Like I said before, he’s a world-class player and at £110m I think Man United are getting a very, very good bargain here.”
Ally McCoist echoed Townsend’s verdict on the Breakfast show and expects the young Englishman to ‘light up Old Trafford’ if United get the deal over the line.
“What a statement of intent this would be from Manchester United, and fair play to them” said the Scottish legend.
“The front players they’d have next year, Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Macus Rashford and Anthony Martial – plenty of youth there.
“I’ve got to say, I think it’s an awful lot of money. I know it’s probably the going rate but it’s still a gamble, he’s a very, very young man clearly with his best years in front of him.
“But he’s brilliant talent and I’ve got no doubts he’ll light up Old Trafford.”
Published at Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:05:31 +0000