As it stands, Sancho’s representatives remain convinced that a transfer will still be made after the England international agrees to the principle terms to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The only thing in their path is actually to agree a sum with Dortmund after an opening bid was rejected last week, with United’s offer of £ 67million at around £ 10million sterling less than the initial charge requested.
There is still a lot of optimism a deal will be made and United fans’ wishes for a new star winger may soon be granted, but there could be a secret weapon to be used if the fee deal remains an issue. .
One of the very few arguments against Sancho signing this summer is the fact that United have already invested up to £ 46million in rookie right-wingers Amad and Facundo Pellistri on deadline day last October, while that teenage prodigy Mason Greenwood has also made the role his own with mature performances. this calendar year.
Given that there are already three young prospects vying for the role in the years to come, there is certainly some debate to be had about adding a world-class right winger ahead of them, who, due to its massive transfer fee alone, will surely require a starting role.
Solskjaer might have a temporary solution to one of these problems, however.
It should be noted that Dortmund identified former Atalanta winger Amad as a possible Sancho replacement last summer, as they made contingency plans in the event the England international moves to Old Trafford. .
This summer, arguments suggest he should be offered to the Bundesliga club for a season-long loan as a sweetener in the proposed deal, which would surely benefit all parties as a short-term solution.
This would not only work in United’s favor by potentially reducing the initial transfer payment to Dortmund, but it would also allow the Ivorian to gain valuable experience given that his role next season could be compromised by the arrival of Sancho. .
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Such a deal would also surely work well for Dortmund given that they would not immediately have to look for a replacement for Sancho and could choose to use the funds received to strengthen themselves elsewhere in the squad rather than in their own right-wing department. .
There is of course the fair that it would be rather anti-climatic for Amad to go on loan so soon after joining the club and based on recent performances he deserves a bigger role in the first team. next season.
However, Solskjaer and his coaches will need to carefully assess whether or not Amad would be better off playing a sporadic supporting role at Old Trafford next season or seeking regular football elsewhere as he seeks to build on promising foundations and move forward. accelerate its enormous progress. .
In an ideal world, many fans might very well want to see Sancho arrive as a luxury addition to those already at the club rather than replacing another promising youngster, but in order to get the most out of Amad in the long run, he might be a temporary sacrifice that pays off.