The Story So Far
All summer long, Manchester United have looked to sign Jadon Sancho. There was an initial deadline of 10th of August and a take-it-or-leave-it fee of £108m which has been and gone. Now only ten days of the transfer window remain and United look no closer to agreeing a deal with Dortmund. United will not pay Dortmund the £108m and Dortmund will not sell for any less. Despite the odds against them, United remain confident Sancho will join United and for a lower fee.
Manchester United should have wrapped this deal up months ago – as soon as the Bundesliga season ended. As Chelsea did with Timo Werner. The rumours crawling out from Woodward’s PR web are that United will lose the most money of any Premier League side due to the financial implications of COVID-19 and are fearful that they will suffer another financial loss if/when there is a second wave. This is the ‘main reason’ why the Sancho deal remains stalled.
As the Glazers look at United as a business and not a football club, perhaps it would be easier to demonstrate how ‘investing’ in Jadon Sancho would save these soul-sucking leeches their money in the long-run. Therefore they should just pay up the fee and reap the rewards.
Finally a Right Winger at Manchester United!
The last right winger bought by Manchester United was Antonio Valencia and demonstrates how underdeveloped this position is. Greenwood, James and Mata have all played as the right winger under Solskjaer but Sancho would be a shoe-in.
At the age of only 20 years old, he could easily be United ‘s starting right winger for over a decade. This would mean United would not need to worry about spending big on this position for a long time. With James and Greenwood important squad players, United possess suitable cover if either Sancho or Rashford cannot play. This would only improve if Tahith Chong can establish himself as a first team player. If not United would not need to spend heavily to purchase a backup winger.
No need for a new number 9 either?
United are short of a quality sub-striker that can compete for the starting role and offer quality in squad rotation. Ighalo started his United career well and immediately became a cult-hero. However, his early promise dropped away over the post-lockdown resumption of football. This was horribly exposed against Luton Town. In the match, Ighalo barely touched the ball, failed to register a shot and subbed off after 77 minutes.
I expect him to return to Shanghai in January. Therefore, United need a new centre-forward, but Sancho could solve the issue instead. As he would start on the right hand side, Greenwood could aim for the number nine spot. He could provide excellent cover for both Martial and Sancho and push them for starting places. United no longer need to spend big on a striker for a long time as Martial and Greenwood have promising long-term futures at the club. Luka Jovic could do a job as a sub-striker but if United buy Sancho there is no need to spend big money on another striker and, as mentioned, another winger too.
It is clear how much Jadon Sancho has to offer Manchester United. He is a fantastic talent, already on the cusp of world class and at the age of 20, has the world at his feet. £108m is just a sixth of United’s annual earnings and even if United lose as much as has been reported, they will save money long-term and get that money back. There will be no need to spend big on either a new winger or a new striker and the overall squad depth would improve as a result. Not to mention how much further Sancho could take Manchester United and thus, how much more money they can make our lecherous owners. Not to forget shirt sales either!
It is genuinely baffling why the higher powers at Manchester United cannot see Solskjaer’s plans and how it benefits them in the long-term. Clearly they remian blinded to the short term issues and cannot see past what would be a minor financial dip for a club of United’s size and huge rewards if the deal is secured.