Man United ‘believe they dodged a bullet’ by not signing Jadon Sancho for £108m last summer and ‘are rethinking their pursuit’ of the England star… and Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland is the target Solskjaer REALLY wants
- Manchester United were heavily linked with Jadon Sancho last summer
- But Ed Woodward refused to pay Borussia Dortmund’s £108million asking price
- Sancho’s form has since dropped off in the Bundesliga with Dortmund in sixth
- Reports suggest United have cooled their interest in 20-year-old England star
- However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen on striker Erling Haaland
Manchester United ‘believe they have dodged a bullet’ by not signing Jadon Sancho last summer and ‘are reconsidering their pursuit’ of the England star.
Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to add some X-factor to his team.
But his form has slumped this season and, according to the Sunday Mirror, the United hierarchy are thinking twice about whether to pursue him again this summer.
Manchester United have reportedly cooled their interest in Borussia Dortmund star Sancho
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are joint-top of the Premier League table and in very good form
Solskjaer’s men are performing pretty well even without Sancho and are joint-top of the Premier League table with Liverpool.
While their interest in Sancho, 20, has reportedly now cooled, they remain interested in his Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland.
Norwegian boss Solskjaer knows Haaland and his family from their time together at his former club Molde and United made an effort to sign him from Red Bull Salzburg before he joined Dortmund.
The 20-year-old striker has since scored 33 goals in 32 appearances for Dortmund, underlining the star quality that has also attracted the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to pay Dortmund’s £108m asking price for Sancho during the summer window
Sancho’s form this season has failed to scale the heights of the last campaign and he is yet to score a goal in the Bundesliga for Dortmund
Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has emerged as Solskjaer’s prime target instead
But the Mirror report that Solskjaer remains keen on Haaland and United could make their move during the summer window.
Reports have suggested the striker has a £70m release clause to be activated before the end of next season.
One potential stumbling block is that United would have to deal with agent Mino Raiola in order to complete any deal for him.
Raiola is also Paul Pogba’s agent and has agitated for the French midfield to leave Old Trafford earlier this season.
However, United would be prepared to deal with Raiola in order to land Haaland.
Mino Raiola is Haaland’s agent which could present a potential stumbling block to any deal
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to meet Dortmund’s £108million asking price for Sancho with finances strained amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This decision was criticised at the time but Sancho has failed to scale the same heights for Dortmund this season as last.
They sit sixth in the Bundesliga table with Lucien Favre sacked as manager in mid-December. Sancho has yet to score a Bundesliga goal this season, though he has netted in the Champions League and German Cup.
Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has expressed fears that Sancho has been distracted by United’s interest.