Man Utd not meeting Sancho asking price is 'bizarre' says Cross
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted he’s ‘bored’ about the Jadon Sancho transfer saga. The Borussia Dortmund star is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target. And an end to the whole situation is nigh after the Red Devils agreed a fee with the German giants.
Manchester United have spent four years tracking Sancho.
And, now, the 21-year-old is on the cusp of moving to Old Trafford after a £80million fee with Borussia Dortmund was finally agreed.
For United, it represents a significant coup as they look to win the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
But Neville has admitted he’s ‘bored’ of the saga, admitting the prolonged pursuit has curbed his enthusiasm.
“Manchester United Closing in on Sancho. Again!” he said on Twitter.
“A transfer should be a joy and a moment of excitement. I’ve never been more bored by a transfer in my life to the point I feel like he’s already signed and I want to know who is next already.
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“Not the lads fault at all I should say!”
Neville may have a point.
United have pursued Sancho for years, first attempting to prise him away from Manchester City back in the summer transfer window of 2017.
But they missed out on the England international that year, with the forward choosing to leave the Etihad Stadium to chance his arm in Germany instead.
Two years later, United tested the waters with an enquiry.
Yet having failed to secure Champions League qualification, the Red Devils had no choice but to postpone their interest and go after Daniel James instead.
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And then, 12 months ago, United wanted to land Sancho.
They chased the former City star all summer long, confident that Dortmund would eventually drop their £108m asking price.
But that didn’t happen, with United then having no choice but to settle for the arrivals of Edinson Cavani and Amad instead – who touched down from PSG and Atalanta respectively.
Speaking recently, former Red Devils star Wes Brown claimed Solskjaer’s side needed three big signings in order to win the title next time out.
“I’ve definitely seen an improvement at Manchester United in the past 12 months or so,” he said.
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“On their day they can beat any team in the world, I just think they struggle to perform in the games where you’d expect them to win.
“Sometimes I think we were guilty of being a little bit short in midfield and the back-line has changed quite a lot throughout the season. Normally you have your two centre-halves set in stone and you build from there.
“Ole should be looking at three key areas where he can strengthen the first-team, and that’s with a new centre-back, a midfielder and a striker.
“The club needs to lose a few players as well, and I know that’s sometimes easier said than done, but they’ve got to make some room for new arrivals.
“They definitely need a strong midfielder to come in and play week-in and week-out.
“I thought the club managed alright last season up-front but I’d still say they need a big name up there – especially for when someone like Anthony Martial isn’t fit.
“Whenever one of our attackers got the slightest knock, we really struggled. You’re looking around at the bench and thinking ‘where’s our Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?’ That player who can make a difference. There just needs to be a bit of strength in depth in that area.
“I probably went to every home game last season, and I have to say it was really disappointing at times.
“Away from home the team were fantastic, like they were playing with no fear, but at home they seemed to really struggle.
“We never really got our rhythm going; but if that changes, then it’s a completely different story. You’d hope the return of fans has a positive impact in those results at Old Trafford next season.”
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