Manchester United will make a fresh bid to sign long-term transfer target Jadon Sancho as soon as the January transfer window opens, according to reports, and could use a negotiation tactic Chelsea have used in the past. United spent the entire summer transfer window trying to sign the Borussia Dortmund wonderkid.
United missed out on signing Sancho during the summer after a lenghty transfer saga.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Sancho his top target before the window opened, and was desperate to get a deal over the line.
United made an opening bid early in the window, but were told to pay £108million or forget about the move.
In the end, they waited too long, and were ultimately left looking for other options.
They signed Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri on transfer deadline day after missing out on Sancho.
United fans feared the deal would never be done after the window closed, as it had been claimed they would face stiffer competition for the 20-year-old in the 2021 summer window.
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool have all been linked with a move in the future, leaving United facing the prospect of missing out.
But 90min.com reports that United will make a move for him early in 2021 in order to get Sancho back to the Premier League.
The report claims United want to get a deal over the line as early as possible – but will put an agreement in place for him to see out the rest of the season in Germany.
United apparently know they’ll have no chance of signing him during the winter window due to his importance to Dortmund’s domestic and European campaign, but hope they can make an agreement with the Bundesliga outfit.
Dortmund allowed a previous deal to happen before, as they agreed to sell Christian Pulisic to Chelsea in the 2018 winter window, but kept him until the end of the season.
Sancho was apparently less than impressed with United’s attempts to sign him during the previous transfer window, as their initial contract offer was worse than his current Dortmund deal.
And it has been suggested that he could wait until after the European Championsips before making a move, as there could be more interest after some good performances for England.
Earlier this month, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke conceded that it’s only a matter of time before Sancho moves on, regardless of who comes in for him.
He said: “We could have made a big, valuable transfer in the summer, that’s well known.
“But we’re glad it didn’t come to this.
“Of course, we will also implement transfers again in the future, because Covid is clearly throwing us back.
“Even the biggest clubs are feeling the effects of the pandemic, be it Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“At some point you come to the limit of what you can answer for.
“You can even see that in Munich right now with David Alaba as an example.”
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