The transfer saga that ran for the entirety of the summer of 2020 is back with a vengeance this year, as rumours around the future of Jadon Sancho begin to whirl once again.
The England international was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford last year, with the club reluctant to pay his £100m asking price and Dortmund refusing to budge on their price. In the end the winger stayed in the Bundesliga and after a slow start to the season has found form once again.
Manchester United have coped without him this year, with their domestic season going better than any in recent memory and now with one foot in the Europa League final too after a poor start to their campaign also.
But after a pretty good season for the Red Devils under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Borussia Dortmund potentially missing out on Champions League football, interest in the 20-year-old has been reignited.
According to reports in Germany, Dortmund have an agreement in place with Sancho that he will be allowed to leave for a fee lower than the one demanded last summer – reportedly between €85-90million.
It’s a fee that seems much more likely to see a deal struck between the two clubs and is a position that should be looked at seriously to fill this summer.
With news that Edinson Cavani will be staying at Old Trafford for a second season after considering an offer from Boca Juniors, a striker is no longer an outright priority for the club in the summer window.
Obviously if a top class striker such as Erling Haaland or Harry Kane becomes attainable then United should move to secure a deal, but the likelihood is that they will prove too expensive this summer.
If it become a matter of one or the other, then it’s Sancho who should be put at the top of the list.
United have been crying out for a right winger for several years now. Adnan Januzaj never quite made the grade under Louis van Gaal after a phenomenal breakout year, while Angel Di Maria quit after one season because of off-field issues and the fact he never really wanted to join to begin with.
Mason Greenwood and Daniel James currently occupy the position the most, but neither should be there regularly. James simply isn’t good enough to be part of the Manchester United squad while Greenwood’s long term future should be as a number nine.
It’s because of Greenwood’s development that Sancho should be the number one target too. Not only is Sancho a world class winger that brings balance to the side in a position that’s hugely needed, he would be a long-term option as well as the fact he’s the cheapest of the three reported main attacking targets.
Whether you think a defensive midfielder or a centre back should be the absolute guaranteed priority before anything else this summer, when it comes to the attacking third of the pitch Sancho should be the number one target.