Former Premier League manager Tim Sherwood thinks Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward should pull the plug on a deal to sign Jadon Sancho and instead capture Jack Grealish and Gareth Bale.
United struck a breakthrough in negotiations with Sancho earlier this week by agreeing on personal terms and agent fee.
However, there is still the difficult task of trying to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price.
Woodward does not want to spend more than £80m and is growing frustrated by the lack of progress being made.
Alternative wingers are being considered and Sherwood thinks it would be smart to invest their cash elsewhere.
“I don’t think they need Jadon Sancho, I really don’t,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.
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“If they have the money to go out and spend it on Jadon Sancho then you bring him in, you want as many good players as possible at the football club.
“But he is similar to what they have got. They’ve got Greenwood, Martial, Rashford and James – who played so much more than we expected him too in the early part of the season especially.
“All of them players we mentioned are like Sancho, they have pace and are a threat when teams play a high line against them.
“When teams drop deep against them that’s when they struggle. When Bruno Fernandes came in he could find the key to the door.”
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United have been linked with Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish and Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale.
Sherwood believes the Red Devils may be able to afford both men if they withdraw from Sancho talks.
“I would go for Jack Grealish. I think Jack can open the door and he is another [Bruno] Fernandes. He gives them a different quality which I think they need,” he added.
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“I would also go and get Gareth Bale on a free transfer. Bale needs to come back to the Premier League and start playing football. I think he has got a lot to offer.
“If he goes to a huge club like Manchester United he will flourish for a couple of season.”
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