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What Man Utd’s plan for Jadon Sancho ‘has always been’ as transfer edges closer

Manchester United have always intended to stagger payments for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, it has been claimed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side appear to be edging closer to landing the 20-year-old. And Ed Woodward is continuing to work hard on the transfer behind the scenes.

According to German newspaper Bild, United are prepared to pay an upfront fee of £63million in order to bring Sancho to Old Trafford.

And they then intend to pay the rest of the £108m fee Dortmund want over the next few years, determined to avoid breaking any records this summer.

United don’t want to fork out eyewatering amounts because of the coronavirus crisis and the message that would send out to the rest of the world.

And journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed it’s always been the club’s intention to stagger payments, rather than buy Sancho outright.

“Man United idea has always been to pay Sancho using ‘add ons’ and paying in more years,” he said on Twitter.

“They’re still working on this kind of deal to find an agreement with BVB. Let’s see what will happen on next days.”

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For United, they’re hoping it will be third time lucky.

They first attempted to sign Sancho back in the summer transfer window of 2017, when he was leaving Manchester City.

The forward was given a tour of the Red Devils’ training ground and immediately struck up a good bond with DJ Buffonge and Angel Gomes.

In the end, Sancho turned down a move to Old Trafford in favour of joining Dortmund.

And United were rebuffed by the forward 12 months ago, with the Dortmund star declining a move because of the Red Devils’ failure to secure Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile, though United are edging closer to signing Sancho, Gary Neville thinks Watford’s Ismaila Sarr would be a good alternative.

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“Manchester United need a right winger,” Neville told Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville podcast.

“He’s a big, big talent, honestly he really is.

“I always think, particularly as a wide player, what would I have not wanted to have played against?

“The first thing is pace. And then you’ve got to think about, can he use his pace? Well yes he can, because he makes really good quality runs: the spin in behind, straight, but also the run inside in between full-back and centre-back – which I always think is the most difficult to mark.

“And then you think, well has he got quality on the ball? Could you just left him have it? Sometimes you’ve got quick players, let him have the ball.

“But when you let him have the ball, he can get it out of his feet and whip ridiculously good crosses in. So that’s when you’re thinking about the fact that you’ve got a real problem, as a full-back.

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“Because if I get tight, he’s going to spin in behind me. If I drop off him, he’s just going to get an easy cross in and you can’t win.

“That’s where sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up as a full-back and – I’ve said it many, many times – don’t be embarrassed about asking for help. If the player that you’re playing against is special and he’s causing you too many problems.”

United legend Ryan Giggs has endorsed Sancho, saying: “Sancho is quick, direct but also an intelligent player.

“What I like about him is when he gets into them areas with the final ball, he doesn’t panic. A lot of quick wide players sometimes do but he picks out the right pass.

“He’s someone who can counter-attack if we’re going to play that but also if a team are going to sit back, he can beat players and make things happen.”

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