Dembele vs Sancho – Summary:
Manchester United have little time to prepare a bid to either sign Jadon Sancho or Ousmane Dembele. The Red Devils pursuit for Jadon Sancho has been a long one. As the Transfer Window slams shut on October 5th, the Red Devils need to work fast to sign him. As reported by Sky Sports on Wednesday, a bid to lure the Englishman from Borussia Dortmund deemed totally disrespectful and rejected instantly. On the other hand, United have entered talks with Barcelona for the signature of Ousmane Dembele. United want a loan deal with an option to sign permanently next summer. Originally, Barcelona want to release funds with a permanent transfer. Thus, the deal still needs time which United don’t have.
A loan deal for Dembele would allow United to come back in for Sancho next summer. Newer reports suggest Barça may be willing to accept the Premier League club’s advances for a loan deal. This is because it could help the Spanish side in their pursuit of Lyon forward Memphis Depay. Someone Koeman respects and desperately wants at the club.
HOW DEMBELE AND SANCHO COMPARE
One of the biggest issues with Dembele is his recurrent hamstring injury record and has had lengthy times off. Dembele, who left Dortmund to join Barça in the summer 2017, missed the majority of last season with the same hamstring injury. An issue which also saw him miss half of his first campaign at the Nou Camp in 2017-18.
His injury crises have made it difficult for Barça to rely on the Frenchman. In his most prolific season, 2018/19, he only played the full 90 four times for both Barça and France. A season which saw him manage 14 goals and 8 assists in 43 games, 30 which he was a starter.
The early indications of this season suggest he will struggle to start regularly under Koeman. Already seeming to fall out with the Dutchman coupled with the emergence of wonderkid, Ansu Fati. With Dembele’s reoccurring injury crises, will United take the risk and sign the Frenchman? One of the drawing points that led Ole to signing Maguire is that he can play up to 55 odd games a season without an injury.
Meanwhile, Sancho remains, naturally, the standout target for United. The 20-year-old Englishman continues to show signs of improvement in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. He is no doubt on course to be a world class player.
A breakthrough 2018-19 campaign followed by an even better 2019-20. He recorded 17 goals and 16 assists in the league as Dortmund finished second. A record which saw him become just the fifth player after Messi, Hazard, Ronaldo, and Suarez to record 15+ goals and 15+ assists in one season from Europe’s top five leagues.
Sancho is a fast and elite creator player and would create a lot of goal creating chances for Manchester United. Sancho has begun this season with one goal and two assists in three games, although he missed the Super Cup match against Bayern due to an infection not related to COVID-19.
Jadon Sancho offers The Red Devils versatility and goal scoring opportunities. Sancho plays as a winger on both sides and a number 10. He is of course predominantly a right winger as he started 21 matches last season on the right wing. But also featured 11 times on the left, and 12 in attacking midfield. Not only this but his transfer would offer United a lot off the pitch too.
Meanwhile, Dembele is not quite versatile as compared to Sancho. He does not play centrally, nor does he play as an AM but flitted between the left and right for Barça and France.
Ousmane Dembele is a two-footed player just like Mason Greenwood and has shoots with both feet comfortably. Of his 16 goals for Barcelona, 9 have been with his left and 7 with his right. Sancho favours his right, scoring 14 league goals on that foot last season, and three with his left. Both Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele are quality players. It will be interesting to see if United’s board make an increase bid for Sancho or go for Dembele instead.