Manchester United chiefs think they’ve dodged a bullet by not signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earmarked the England international as a priority transfer target back in the summer. However, a move to Old Trafford failed to materialise with the Red Devils ultimately signing Edinson Cavani instead.
United wanted to sign Sancho, and he wanted to come.
In the end, however, Joel Glazer blocked Ed Woodward from paying over the odds to sign the England international.
Dortmund wanted a huge £108million to part ways with their prized asset, a fee that would have seen him become the costliest signing in Premier League history.
United didn’t want to go that high and instead opted to sign Cavani, who arrived on a free transfer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
And The Mirror claim Red Devils chiefs think they’ve dodged a bullet by not signing Sancho.
The 20-year-old was electric last term, scoring 17 goals and registering 17 assists from 34 Bundesliga matches.
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And Solskjaer recently hinted the 33-year-old was in line for a new contract.
“He is still one of the fittest players we have got,” he said.
“At the moment it looks like he has a few years left in him.
“He has made a great influence, a great impact when he has come here. He has a few years left in him.
“We have good competition for places but he will probably start more games than he will not start. He is definitely a starter.
“You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else. I trust him and my players.”
Solskjaer also lavished praise on Cavani for his mindset, with the veteran asking to wear the club’s famous No 7 shirt back in the summer.
“It is the first thing he asked me, when I spoke to him, could he wear the number 7 shirt,” he said.
“Obviously we told him about the history of the shirt and we talked about the history of his career and experience,
“But I had no doubt that he could handle the no 7 shirt from his personality from our chat and what I had watched before.
“He is a meticulous professional.
“His habits and everything show you about why he has had the career he has had.”