Man Utd show they have learnt transfer lessons with second Jadon Sancho bid

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Manchester United have shown that they have learnt the transfer lessons from the past with their second, improved bid for Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils offered £67million plus £8m worth of add-ons last week for the winger, but saw that rebuffed by Borussia Dortmund.

They have now reportedly returned with an improved bid for the England winger, increasing their offer by more than £8m.

The fast pace of United’s pursuit this year is in stark contrast to the approach they took under former executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last summer.

Sancho has long been a target of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is searching for a quality player for the right winger position in his side.

The 21-year-old would certainly fit that bill, having scored 16 goals and notched 20 assists for Dortmund in all competitions in the campaign just gone.

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He would also bring experience of winning a major trophy to United’s ranks, having helped the Black and Yellow to win the DFB-Pokal.

United attempted to sign Sancho last year, after the winger scored 20 goals and created 20 more in the Covid-affected campaign.

But the Red Devils’ pursuit, led by Woodward, can only be looked back on as a catastrophic failure.

Dortmund valued Sancho at more than £100m, which United were told, but were unwilling to meet and instead thought they could come to a compromise.

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That was not the case though, with the Bundesliga side also setting a deadline by when a deal had to be completed.

Astonishingly, United did not think this deadline was serious and so failed to submit an offer before it, with Dortmund pulling the plug on a prospective move as a result.

Dortmund’s asking price for Sancho has dropped this year and though United again appear to undervalue him, it seems the Premier League side have learnt their lessons.

With the transfer window only 10 days old, United have already submitted two bids and appear to be edging closer to an agreement.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils have submitted an offer worth more than £75m for Sancho.

That is close to Dortmund’s reported valuation of £80m, with United willing to pay a higher amount up front than they originally offered.

With United now close to Dortmund’s asking price, an agreement between the two clubs now appears to be imminent.

That, combined with the fact that United are aiming to complete a deal quickly, suggests that the Premier League side have learnt their lessons from Woodward’s failed pursuit.
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