The Jadon Sancho to Manchester United transfer saga is over.
talkSPORT understands the Premier League giants have ended their pursuit of the England forward and are now ‘actively pursuing alternative targets’, with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele at the top of their list.
Sancho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer, with the England international – who got 20 goals and 20 assists last season – said to be open to a move away from Borussia Dortmund.
But United have been unwilling to pay the German club’s asking price in full and, after weeks of negotiations, Ed Woodward has now pulled the plug.
Ole Gunnar Solskjear remains keen to add another top class attacker to his team before next month’s deadline, though, and according to talkSPORT sources the club have now set their sights on a deal for Dembele.
The 23-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since his £96milion move from Dortmund to Barcelona in 2017, managing just nine appearances for the Camp Nou club this season.
He has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, with France Football claiming Jurgen Klopp is keen and talks have already begun.
But it appears they now have competition with Manchester United entering the race.
“It looks like the Jadon Sancho move is now off,” talkSPORT’s transfer guru Alex Crook told Jim White on Tuesday.
“Borussia Dortmund have grown tired of United dragging this one out and repeatedly failing to meet their £108m asking price.
“I think that would be an annoyance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having done a lot of the leg work on this and he was convinced Sancho would sign.
“My understanding is that Ed Woodward is now actively pursuing alternative targets, and one of those appears to be Ousmane Dembele.
“This is going to be a very complicated deal, because Barcelona would want to recoup the bulk of the €105m (£96m) they paid Dortmund back in 2017.
“My understanding is United would like to do a loan deal with an option to buy full-time next summer.
“But I think Barcelona would want that permanent deal rubber stamped as an obligation before they even consider letting him go.
“And this is what infuriates Man United fans, I think.
“Because they still bill themselves as one of the biggest clubs in the world, Solskjaer has said that himself, but the perception is they’re always trying to do stuff on the cheap.”
Published at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:19:39 +0000