When Man Utd target Jadon Sancho thought he’d seal Old Trafford transfer

Manchester United target Jadon Sancho thought he’d move to Old Trafford back in January 2017, reports say. The Borussia Dortmund star is a top transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having impressed in the Bundesliga this season. And United are growing increasingly confident of bringing the 20-year-old to the Theatre of Dreams.

United boss Solskjaer has earmarked Sancho as a priority transfer target having seen the youngster shine for Dortmund.

The England international has bagged 14 goals in the league alone this season while also weighing in with 15 assists.

United are said to have already agreed personal terms for Sancho, who is open to returning to the Premier League with the Red Devils at the end of the campaign.

Yet the 20-year-old reportedly thought he’d be moving to the Theatre of Dreams back in January 2017, when Jose Mourinho was still manager.

Mourinho had seen Sancho shine at academy level for Manchester City and hoped that he’d be able to raid Pep Guardiola’s side for one of their biggest rising stars, the Manchester Evening News claim.

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It’s claimed the Dortmund star was told by his entourage that a switch to United was ‘doable’.

However, he ended up prioritising first-team football and moving to the Westfalenstadion instead, where he’s since impressed.

City were reportedly ‘relieved’ that Sancho didn’t move to United.

But that could be all set to change this summer, with the Red Devils confident the 20-year-old will finally make the move to the club three years on.

Solskjaer is ready to give the England international the club’s famous No 7 shirt made famous by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Eric Cantona over the years.


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And the Norwegian believes Sancho can flourish in attack alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Sancho can handle the pressure of playing for United.

Many big-name signings such as Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez and Radamel Falcao have toiled at the club in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.

But Redknapp thinks Sancho can blossom, saying: “We’re talking about an incredible talent, someone who has made some really good decision in moving abroad.

“He took a real risk and it’s paid off; he’s playing in the Champions League and has played amazing football for club and country.

“His next move is going to be so important because he has to make sure he gets in that team and plays regularly because he is an amazing talent, one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

“We’re talking about one of the top five players in the world in a few years, he has that much ability.

“If he goes to United, everybody knows that comes with playing at a club that big, but he looks like a man that can handle.

“It would be a brilliant move were it to come about and he would be a great addition to the Premier League.”

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