Ghana’s most authoritative website Ghana News Page looks into the impact of “Fresh Jandon Sancho” transfer when signed by Manchester United in the upcoming season.
The 2019-20 season has concluded and one of the busiest periods for a football club is now under way: the summer transfer window.
Clubs across the world will be doing business in the market, attempting to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2020-21 campaign and deals will be hammered out right up until deadline day.
This year, in England, the summer transfer window opened a little earlier – just a few days after the last Premier League match in mid May – with the windows of the other big leagues opening on June 1.
Speculation swirled around Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho last summer, but, at the beginning of 2019, the England international’s contract with the club was extended until 2022.
Manchester United were reportedly very keen on the experienced attacker and the Red Devils remain in the market for reinforcements in that area, but they will have to be willing to fork out around £100 million ($125m) if they wish to secure his services.
Manchester United are interested in signing Jadon Sancho and his potential arrival could have major implications for the rest of the squad.
If they’re able to pull off a move for the highly-rated England international, who has registered 14 goals and 15 assists for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season, it would be sure to cost a pretty penny.
Sancho has emerged as one of the finest young talents of his generation since swapping Manchester City for Westfalenstadion in 2017, and United have been strongly linked with a move for the 20-year-old over the last few months.
The 20-year-old has been linked with a number of rival Premier League clubs, and given his age, potential and a contract that still runs for two more years, would likely cost north of £100m – which would make him a record signing for any English club.
In terms of the make-up of the squad, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has often been light of forward options this season and would welcome a new first-choice option, without needing to get rid of any of the offensive players currently at his disposal.
Most likely, it would see Daniel James able to be rotated more for United as the 22-year-old has played more than might have been expected since making the steep step up from the Championship last summer, starting 25 of 29 Premier League games this season and over 2,500 minutes in all competitions.
But it remains to be seen exactly how the club looks to balance the books in the summer, with contrasting strategies in years gone by.
The return of Champions League football would make a major difference in terms of revenue, and may influence whether the club looks to offset any big-money arrivals by recouping funds with sales.
For example, when the club spent nearly £130m on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, they sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan for a fee of £73.7m. But in years gone by the club have also spent big in summer windows with very little coming in the other direction.
Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, and most of all they want to push for a title challenge.
This successful late season form will not seem like it matters as much if we start the 2020/21 season slowly, with poor results.
The players may hit a wall at some stage, especially young stars like Mason Greenwood.
It is important United address this in the transfer window and add more quality squad depth.
“We have high hopes for Greenwood, Rashford and Martial for 2020/21, but they need help too,” Solskjaer added.
United thinks that they can have a better team build-up by signing by signing a fresh Jadon Sancho, who can carry the team forward and give new impetus to start the new season.
While there is plenty to do yet this season, Manchester United’s decision makers have to start planning ahead now.
Top quality, fresh new signings, preferably ones who are rested and highly motivated, need to come in and carry this team forward to start next season. Other teams will improve, United cannot afford to stand still.
If that does not happen, this highly talented group of players risks burning out, because there is just not enough quality in the attack at present outside of United’s starting XI.
Manchester United will have a “mouthwatering” attack if they sign Jadon Sancho and keep hold of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes this summer, according to Ghana News Page Sports Editor, Kissi Stephen Owura.
Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes have already been acquired, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Sancho is the final piece of the puzzle for United.