Manchester United next head to France for the second leg of their tie against PSG in the Champions League. The Parisians presently lead 2-0 on aggregate and have the away goal advantage to their name.
This clash will certainly be a pivotal moment in the seasons of both clubs, and United in particular could be facing an uphill battle. However, another clash is occurring between the two giants, only this time it’s a financial battleground for an upcoming starlet.
United have recently emerged as the side most interested in acquiring Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. The German side purchased Sancho from Manchester City in 2017, and the English teenager has managed to attract the entirety of Europe with his electric displays.
The Mirror now reports that PSG are also in the race to sign the wonderkid. However, it is understood that the Mancunian giants are willing to battle it out for Sancho.
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The report also claims that United may go as far as to break the Premier League record for the most expensive transfer with a £100 million bid. Interestingly, United are the current holders of that record, courtesy of the £89 million they paid for Pogba in 2016.
If that move goes through, Sancho will also become the most expensive English player, surpassing the £53 million price tag of Kyle Walker.
However, Dortmund may not be willing to lose the youngster, who is signed to them until 2022, and it may take special effort from these clubs to pry him away.
At the same time, it remains to be seen whether United should really splurge big again, given that their more recent marquee signings haven’t exactly been successful.
Further, PSG may still face the wrath of FFP, as despite their spendings, adequate returns are proving to be hard bereft of Champions League titles and the relative mediocrity of the Ligue 1.