Manchester United have been constantly linked with a move for Jadon Sancho this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares for his second full season in charge at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have completed just one signing this summer — Donny van de Beek from Ajax — but fans had to wait a while for the first deal to be done.
On top of that, Borussia Dortmund have publicly stated that they are planning for Sancho to remain despite United’s clear interest in bringing him back to the Premier League.
Melissa Reddy, senior football correspondent for The Independent, has suggested that the transfer hinges on how much United are willing to pay to sign him this summer.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Reddy said: “It feels Dortmund are comfortable he will be staying. But this just feels like a case of money.
“If Manchester United are willing to pay what Dortmund value Sancho as, he becomes a United player.
“We know there has been a tendency in the past for United to play the long game, haggle over money, and eventually pay what the club want anyway. We saw that with Harry Maguire and Fernandes.
“But, with that, you are starving the player of the chance to come in earlier and adapt to the team, and form chemistry, understand the culture of the club, and if that happens again, I don’t think supporters will appreciate that, to let so long pass before paying what they wanted anyway.
“Sancho is an incredible player, and not just because of his profile, his attributes — his intelligence and technique — he has it all.”
For a player widely regarded as one of European football’s most exciting young attacking talents, it’s easy to see why United would want him.
The England international is ready for a bigger stage than what Dortmund can offer.
Sancho scored 17 goals and made 16 assists in 32 Bundesliga games for BVB last season.