Man Utd to prioritise two new transfers after ‘pausing’ pursuit of Jadon Sancho
Manchester United have ‘paused’ their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho as they turn their attention to two new acquisitions.
The Red Devils have been chasing Sancho’s signature for some time and were dealt a blow last summer when the Bundesliga side refused to budge on their £100million plus valuation.
Dortmund are likely to accept a lower bid than the one they were holding out one year ago due to the ongoing financial impact of COVID-19 and the fact that Sancho has one year less to run on his contract.
But United’s focus has now altered ahead of the summer transfer window, meaning interest in the England star could be brought to a temporary halt.
The club’s change in approach is believed to relate to the impressive Mason Greenwood, the Athletic have revealed.
Greenwood recently signed a new contract at the club until 2025 and is expected to play a significant part in the club’s future, forcing a potential rethink over a move for Sancho.
A centre-back and striker are the two positions that United are keen on recruiting as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look to close the gap on Manchester City next season.
Pep Guardiola's men currently boast a ten-point lead at the top of the table and are on course to claim a third title in the space of four seasons.
Speaking after United's 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Sunday, Paul Scholes explained the area his former side must prioritise in the transfer market.
“I think they’re missing a real, dominant centre-back," he told BT Sport.
“If you look back at history at the teams who win leagues, they have real leaders in their back four.
"I think Maguire possibly could be but I think they need someone with him who can be really dominant in that position, really commanding, can bully a centre forward, can demand from the rest of the squad around him, on and off the pitch as well.
"I don’t think they’re far off at all. I think a real dominant centre half with authority could tip United to that next level.”
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