Dortmunds Sancho remain top man United transfer target

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Jadon Sancho will remain Manchester United’s main transfer target despite missing the Borussia Dortmund forward this summer, sources have told ESPN.

United have refused to meet Dortmund’s asking price of € 120million during the transfer window, but are still determined to sign the England international in 12 months.

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The club’s efforts to sign a right-winger on deadline day focused on securing a short-term loan deal for the coming season rather than a direct alternative to Sancho.

Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr have all been considered, but United were only open to direct loan and have made it clear they will not agree to long-term transfer clauses. term or purchase obligation.

United have secured a deal worth € 20m plus € 21m in additions with Atalanta for highly rated 18-year-old striker Amad Traore, but he will not move to Old Trafford before a date later due to problems with their passport and work permit.

The inability to find an established right-winger before the deadline leaves United free to pursue Sancho next summer. He has long been identified as a target of the club, rather than a specific request from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

However, sources told ESPN they would be likely to face further competition from Real Madrid and Liverpool after both clubs told Dortmund they were unable to sign Sancho during a window. affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources have told ESPN that United will remain cautious about their finances as long as there are no plans in place for fans to return to stadiums in England.

The club estimate they lose between £ 4 million and £ 5million every time a game is played behind closed doors. Fans were last cleared at Old Trafford for the 2-0 win over Manchester City on March 8 – an eight-game home streak.



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