Manchester United Make First Bid for Jadon Sancho

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  • Manchester United have reportedly made their first offer to Borussia Dortmund in an attempt to sign Jadon Sancho
  • Sancho has agreed to personal terms with United, but Dortmund have to accept the transfer offer before a deal will be done
  • United have yet to offer a new contract to Paul Pogba, whose current deal expires next summer

We should see no shortage of movement among big-name players across Europe this summer. While the upcoming European Championships will provide a nice distraction for fans over the next month, some of the most prestigious clubs in Europe will use the time to fortify their squads ahead of next season.

Manchester United, fresh off of a second-place finish in the Premier League and a runners-up showing in the Europa League, will try to add talent in an attempt to catch up to Manchester City.

The Red Devils have reportedly had interest in bringing young phenom Jadon Sancho back to his native England for years, and the club is finally prepared to make an offer.

United are reportedly keen on signing Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund before the Euros begin. Sancho is expected to play a leading role in Gareth Southgate’s side over the next month, and completing the move ahead of the Euros would eliminate some of the potential distractions.

Sancho Prefers Move to Old Trafford

The Athletic’s Fabrizio Romano reported Wednesday that United have already agreed to personal terms with Sancho and his representatives. Romano says Sancho has agreed to sign a contract with United until 2026, but the club still has to hammer out the transfer details with Dortmund. United have reportedly offered something in the neighborhood of €69 million for the 21-year-old, but Dortmund are seeking upwards of €95 million, plus incentives.

United sniffed around on Sancho last summer, but they were ultimately talked out of the move after Dortmund asked for over €100 million in return. Instead, the Red Devils opted to add a number of lesser players to the squad, with Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Donny van der Beek, and Facundo Pellistri headlining the team’s 2020 summer transfer haul.

The transfer fee has always been the sticking point in these negotiations, so the fact that Sancho has agreed to personal terms doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. If Dortmund are ultimately unwilling to accept United’s low-ball offer, Sancho will remain in Germany to begin next season.

Adding a player of Sancho’s caliber would be a massive win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his quest to help rebuild Manchester United. The team finished the most recent campaign without a trophy, but qualification for next year’s Champions League will help put the side back on the map. Despite a promising second-place finish in the league, United still wound up 12 points behind their intracity rivals in the final table.

Will Pogba Leave Next Year?

The Sancho rumors have overshadowed the potential contract showdown looming between United and Paul Pogba. Pogba is about to enter the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, and he said in an interview on Thursday that United has made no formal extension offer. Pogba will be free to negotiate deals with other clubs starting in January, while he could leave on a free transfer next summer if United decline to offer a new contract.

Pogba’s second stint with the club has been rocky, as the Frenchman has largely failed to live up to expectations under a couple of different managers. Pogba has fared better since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho, but he said as recently as last fall that he was “unhappy” with his situation. United did extend his contract for another 12 months back in January of 2020. In 206 appearances since returning to United from Juventus, Pogba has contributed 38 goals with 42 assists.

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