Manchester United want to sign Jadon Sancho when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season, though Chelsea have also been linked.
Manchester United have urged caution when it comes to this summer’s transfer window, with Ed Woodward insisting that it won’t be business as usual over at Old Trafford.
However, they’d still love to sign Sancho if they can find a way to get the deal done while operating with dignity and honour amid the coronavirus crisis.
And, now, the England international has dropped the biggest hint yet that he could be heading back to the Premier League when the transfer window reopens.
Sancho ‘liked’ a tweet on social media that suggested his head was already with United.
It was suggested that it was for that reason the forward wasn’t selected for Dortmund’s Bundesliga showdown with Schalke on Saturday night.
The problem for the Wales international is Marcus Rashford, however, with the England international currently making that spot his own.
For years there have been questions over where the 22-year-old should be deployed, having burst onto the scene under Jose Mourinho as a striker in 2016.
But that debate is over for the time being with Rashford scoring 19 goals for United this season – more than any other player at Old Trafford.
Greenwood has also been placed on the right wing at times this season, often rotating with James.
But United see the 18-year-old talent as more of a centre-forward. He made a brief cameo against Tottenham on Friday and nearly won the game with a late strike.
Out of all the players currently on the market, it’s Sancho who United are dreaming of signing when the transfer window opens again.
But whether they’re able to win the race for him, especially given interest from Europe’s elite, is something only time will tell.
Meanwhile, there’s been speculation that Sancho could stay at Dortmund for one more year as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Yet former Liverpool star Didi Hamann thinks the 20-year-old will be on the move this summer – and United could very well be his next destination.
“There will continue to be a market for the top players, like Jadon Sancho – he’s just too good to wait another year,” he told Bild.
“I see him going to the Premier League. The most likely option there is Manchester United.”
He then added: “It would be nice to see some reason there.
“Before the Coronavirus crisis, last season, the 20 clubs in the league made a loss of around €670 million. Perhaps smaller transfer fees and less salary will now be paid to players across the board.
“Investors can dig into their pockets to make up for a deficit. Of course there is an absurdly high TV income in England, but the investors give the clubs completely new opportunities.
“That is why the idea of solidarity in the clubs is also different.
“In the Bundesliga, players have waived their salary so that no one had to be fired in the offices.
“In England, the 20 captains got together and donated some of their salary to the NHS.”