Manchester United and German powerhouse Bayern Munich look set to go head to head for English sensation Jadon Sancho.
United have been constantly linked with Sancho for the last 12 months. Rumours suggested that the young English winger could be set to leave German side Borussia Dortmund as early as this summer. The Red Devils have all but cemented themselves as the front runners in the race to land Sancho in what would likely be a British transfer record, topping the previous record fee for Harry Maguire in 2019 for £80mil.
According to ESPN, the latest developments in the ongoing transfer saga suggest that United face strong competition from Bundesliga title front runners, Bayern Munich.
The twenty-nine times German champions have reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, but are thought to be keeping their options open.
Jadon Sancho has set the footballing world alight this season, scoring fourteen goals and providing fifteen assists in just twenty one starts for Dortmund.
Sancho’s impressive offensive numbers have seen him break into the list of the sport’s most devastating attackers. Having come under intense criticism in recent years for their lack of attacking threat on the right, it is no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils have made a right sided attacker their number one priority.
When it comes to criteria, Sancho ticks all of the right boxes for United, he is still just 20-years-old and is already a full England international.
However, a key component in the race for Sancho is that the trail blazing forward has just two years remaining on his current contract with Dortmund. His terms with the popular black and yellow German outfit are set to expire in 2022, Manchester United appeared keen to secure the deal in time for the 2020/21 season, however, with the current sporting and financial uncertainty, the transfer of Sancho could become a game of economical chess.
Sancho’s current employers will undoubtedly be keen to ensure their most prized asset’s value does not dwindle in line with the time left on his contract, whilst also ensuring they maximise the market; finding a balance could prove difficult for Dortmund.
It is therefore, perhaps unsurprising that the timing of Bayern Munich’s reported interest in Europe’s hottest property has coincided with the recent revenue figures released by Manchester United only yesterday.
United confirmed that their net debt had seen a sharp rise of £127.4mil to £429.1mil. Despite the initial financial concerns, Chief Executive, Ed Woodward, as quoted by The Guardian, stated that the club are ”well positioned to weather the challenges” currently surrounding football.
Regardless of club’s financial standing, one thing is for sure, the potential transfer of Sancho looks set to continue for quite some time yet.
Could we see Sancho playing in the English Premier League next season, or will he shock the world and join up with German counterparts and European greats, Bayern Munich?