Manchester United have made Jadon Sancho their priority for the summer transfer window over his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland, according to reports. Sancho was the top target for United last summer but an £108million price tag proved prohibitive, yet United believe they could sign him for around £80m this time around.
Sancho instead remained with the Bundesliga club and despite enduring a slow start to the season and injury niggles, has again produced goals and assists galore.
The 21-year-old has 14 goals and 18 assists in 35 matches this term, having swapped between the right wing and the left wing, also playing as a No 10 on several occasions.
England international Sancho, who has three goals in 18 Three Lions caps, has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting forwards since joining Dortmund from Manchester City in 2017.
He has mustered 110 direct goal involvements in just 134 appearances across all competitions in North Rhine-Westphalia.
And in light of such incredible productivity for the Bundesliga giants, United are still eager to make Sancho their long-term right-sided winger.
According to the Daily Star, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains a massive admirer of the wide-man and United are eager to make him their statement signing of the summer.
United have wanted Sancho for 18 months and are prioritising the winger over his team-mate and centre-forward Haaland, even though they’d also love to sign the Norwegian.
Haaland, 20, is valued at around £150million with rival interest from the likes of Man City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Dortmund are thought to be more willing to sell Sancho than Haaland, who only joined 18 months ago from Red Bull Salzburg and has since hit 53 goals and 14 assists in 56 games.
And United are prioritising the recruitment of an out-and-out winger because they are confident Edinson Cavani will sign a new one-year contract to stay in Manchester.
The Uruguayan veteran has plundered 14 goals and five assists in 34 matches since joining on a free from Paris Saint-Germain but has been hesitant to put pen to paper on an extension.
Cavani’s father claimed that his son wanted to leave United in order to head back to South America, with Argentine outfit Boca Juniors keen on a deal.
Yet United are thought to be optimistic that they can keep Cavani as an alternative to Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood through the middle.
While Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed in April that Dortmund will discuss any big-money bids for the Englishman.
The Dortmund CEO said: “Jadon Sancho has been with us much longer than Erling Haaland.
“We’ll have to speak to Jadon too. If there is an exceptional offer, we will discuss it with the player and the agent, as always.”
Dortmund’s win over Leipzig, who they face in the DFB Pokal final on Thursday, at least temporarily puts them fourth in the Bundesliga above Eintracht Frankfurt.
As they look to secure Champions League football for next season, they face Mainz and Bayer Leverkusen in their final two games.
Failing to finish in the top four could well weaken their hand if they plan to keep both Sancho and Haaland for next year.