It’s hardly been the start to the summer transfer window which many Manchester United fans had dreamt of following their qualification for the Champions League.
United’s third-place finish in the Premier League secured them a passage back into Europe’s top club competition, ensured they didn’t miss out on £23million in Adidas sponsorship money, and allowed them to pursue their top targets this summer.
Earlier in the year, Ed Woodward warned it would not be business, as usual, this summer, but sadly it has been a difficult scenario as United again struggles to conclude deals for their top transfer targets.
United took a while to sign their previous top transfer targets Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, but sympathy is already wearing thin as fans understandably grow impatient and anxious in the pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Despite the German giants’ CEO Hans Joachim Watzke publicly declaring a proposed move to Old Trafford is now dead, it’s understood United are still in negotiations for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s top target, says the London Evening Standard.
Responding to ongoing speculation about Sancho’s future, Watzke said: “I read that, too. That’s what experts like Paul Scholes or Owen Hargreaves say.
“They were great footballers, and they are football experts. But I don’t know if they’re also transfer experts. Sancho staying at BVB is set in stone.”
United are irritated with the slow progress in their pursuit of Sancho, with personal terms and agent fees proving to be a major stumbling block.
Solskjaer has backed the club’s transfer committee to press ahead with alternative targets as talks drag on – but Sancho remains his priority. And the 20-year-old is said to have his heart set on a move to Old Trafford.