Jadon Sancho is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority transfer target this summer, after Manchester United failed to land him before the start of current season.
The Norwegian settled with Daniel James, and it was expected that Sancho would definitely arrive at Old Trafford in the summer of 2020.
However, Manchester United’s hopes of signing Jadon Sancho have suffered a blow due to the economic impact of the coronavirus.
In April, club’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward also warned that it may not be business as usual for the Premier League giants.
“Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer,” Woodward said at a Fans’ Forum meeting.
“As ever our priority is the success of the team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.
“On this basis, I cannot help feeling that speculation around transfers of individual players for hundreds of millions of pounds this summer seems to ignore the realities that face the sport.”
Now, according to Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have identified a ‘cost-efficient’ alternative to Jadon Sancho.
Manchester United are monitoring Schalke’s Rabbi Matondo, and view the Wales international in the same low-risk buy bracket as Daniel James.
The 19-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga with Schalke, after leaving Pep Guardiola’s Man City in January 2019 in pursuit of first-team football.