Manchester United are close to signing Jadon Sancho, with ESPN saying they’re closing in. The Borussia Dortmund star has long been on the club’s radar. And they’re likely to have made the same promise to the 21-year-old as they did a year ago when they attempted to bring him to Old Trafford.
Finally, the Sancho saga is nearly over.
United have spent the last four years chasing the Borussia Dortmund star, who has established himself as one of the best young players on the planet during his time at the Westfalenstadion.
And, now, an end is in sight.
John Murtough is set to make the Dortmund star the first signing of his time as football director, boosting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s hopes of title glory in the process.
And it’s likely United have made the same promise to the forward as they did a year ago.
In 2020, The Athletic reported ahead of the summer transfer window that year that United were selling Sancho a dream of being the club’s poster boy.
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It was claimed the Red Devils had informed the England international they were willing to build the team around him and play to his strengths, believing he has the potential to take the Theatre of Dreams by storm.
And the publication stated that this appealed to Sancho, who was excited over the prospect of moving.
A year on, things are likely to be the same.
Though United have since signing Edinson Cavani they’re still short on the attacking stardust that would turn them into title contenders – or even winners.
And the prospect of Sancho playing in tandem with the likes of Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood is certainly mouthwatering for supporters.
A year ago, United also promised the youngster the No 7 shirt.
And United haven’t ruled out the possibility of an emotional homecoming for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is still going strong despite entering the twilight years of his career.
United co-owner Joel Glazer has made it clear he’ll back Solskjaer on the transfer front, insisting they can compete with Europe’s elite for the best players in the world.
“We think that Manchester United is a very well run club, and we think clubs throughout football could take a look at us, and there’s a lot of good to be seen when it comes to some of these things that are controversial,” Glazer said.
“We’re able to spend with the top clubs throughout Europe, whether it’s wages or transfer fees, we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, we’ve not increased them in over 10 years.
“We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three percent of that.
“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt. So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years. The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”
He then added: “It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch.
“We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it’s easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.
“You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that’s not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we’re able to accomplish all these things and still have.
“We’re going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we’re in a good spot.”