Manchester United are set to offer Borussia Dortmund £80 million for 18-year-old attacker Jadon Sancho, according to a report in today’s Independent. The England international has been pivotal in Dortmund’s charge for the Bundesliga title, racking up eight goals and a further 10 assists despite making just 18 starts under Lucien Favre so far this season. The former Watford and Manchester City academy player looks ever more like a world class player, and would make an outstanding signing.
However, journalist Miguel Delaney claims that Dortmund are reluctant to let Sancho — whose contract doesn’t expire until 2022 — leave until at least the end of next season, and the player himself is said to be happy to remain in Germany for the immediate future. That’s not massively surprising: he’s come on leaps and bounds since moving to the continent for around £8 million in the summer of 2017, and has gone on to make three caps for the England national side. If he continues to make such good progress, he could be in line for an even bigger move next year.
Delaney also adds to recent reports that United could make a move for Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho. According to his account, the interest is more on Coutinho’s side than United’s, “who do not feel they need to prioritise his position [...] and instead want players further forward.” Considering how Liverpool have fared since Coutinho left, it’s probably no bad thing if United leave him in Spain.