Manchester United still consider themselves capable of attracting top names. At the same time, this summer saw them struggle, with Europe’s upcoming talents reluctant to shift to a side that didn’t compete in the Champions League and was a serious doubt for a top-four finish in the Premier League, let alone a title.
Those fears have come true so far this season with the Red Devils now sitting in the 9th position, within reachable distance of the top five but significantly closer to the relegation zone than to the fourth place.
Under these circumstances, there is a strong chance that the club will not be able to ape the brand value with which they acquired some of football’s biggest names.
However, now the Telegraph reports that Manchester United believe themselves to be the frontrunners in the heated race to sign Jadon Sancho next year.
The 19-year-old winger whose rise to European fame with Borussia Dortmund made repeated headlines is now on the radar of some of the biggest spenders in the transfer market.
However, after the fallout with his manager, Sancho may now suddenly be more available than initially anticipated.
Despite that, the report does state that a summer transfer is still a more likely possibility than a rushed deal being meted out in January.
Liverpool is another club that are in strong pursuit of the English international although the source does claim that the Champions League winners are wary of Sancho’s existing contract with the German giants.
The duration left on paper will make the Bundesliga side the prime negotiators with another Kyllian Mbappe-esque transfer fee potentially on the line.
In that regard, it is this alleged sense of humiliation on the player’s part that presents itself as the probable source of the saga developing further.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sancho’s former employers Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the situation.