Manchester United pick between Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho as summer transfer priority

Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross

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Manchester United will prioritise a move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho over Tottenham’s Harry Kane, according to reports. It emerged on Monday that Kane has asked Spurs to leave ahead of the summer transfer window. But, for now, he’s not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main target.

News of Kane asking to leave Tottenham hit the footballing world on Monday.

The England international has grown tired of Spurs’ failure to win trophies, with the club’s last piece of silverware coming back in 2008.

In the aftermath of the development, it surfaced that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea were all in the frame to sign the 27-year-old.

But, while that’s the case, Forbes say United are prioritising a move for Sancho at the current moment in time.

It’s said they’ve been aware of Kane’s determination to leave Tottenham for roughly a year, with rumours first spreading 12 months ago.

Yet Sancho, at seven years his compatriot’s junior at 21, is the more attractive target at the current moment in time.

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United have spent four years chasing the Borussia Dortmund star, with interest dating back to Jose Mourinho’s time in the Old Trafford dugout.

They first tried to sign Sancho in 2017 when he was at Manchester City but missed out, with Dortmund enticing him to Germany with the guarantee of regular first-team football.

United tried again two years later, only for their failure to qualify for the Champions League to count against them.

And, just last summer, they ended up swooping for Edinson Cavani after being quoted a massive £108million to get Sancho through the door.

The report adds that United are confident that they can finally land Sancho this summer, with Dortmund poised to demand £80m instead.


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That would allow them to spend more money on other areas of their squad.

A right-back is being eyed to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who walks into Solskjaer’s starting XI unopposed at the current moment in time.

Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is one player who has been linked, though Paris Saint-Germain are also admirers of the England star.

And Norwich City’s Max Aarons is another target, having helped the Canaries secure promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking following their relegation 12 months ago.

United would also like to sign a new centre-back.

Raphael Varane is seen as the ideal person to partner Harry Maguire at the back in the long run, with the 2018 World Cup winner ready to leave Real Madrid behind.

And Sancho, it seems, is likelier to join United than Kane.

Gary Neville recently opened up on Sancho, expressing a belief the Dortmund star would join and that Solskjaer would no longer push for a new striker.

He told Sky Sports: “I think if you look at the policy over the last couple of years at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I don’t think they will sign another striker.

“I haven’t got the contacts on the inside I used to have so that’s my assumption because they’ve been desperate for Sancho.

“I’m looking at it now and I’m thinking: I think Sancho comes in and I think you’ve got Sancho that will play on that right-hand side. You’ve got the backup of Greenwood on that side.

“Up front, you’ve got Cavani and Greenwood, they’ll want Greenwood to come through because I think he’s outstanding.

“On the left, you’ve got Rashford and Martial and then you’ve got Pogba potentially can fit in there if he’s not in midfield.

“If you sign Kane or (Erling) Haaland as well, I don’t think that works for Manchester United in the way they’ve recruited in the past few years.

“I think it’s Sancho and I think that’s their business done.”

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