Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League this season just to put themselves in the running to sign Jadon Sancho next summer, according to reports. United have been repeatedly linked with Sancho since he started to take the world by storm last season at Borussia Dortmund. The teenage winger quickly became one the hottest talents in world football with a string of brilliant, match winning performances which saw him become an England regular. Sancho has carried that form on into this season and already has four goals and six assists after just nine games. With United’s attacking options lacking it’s no surprise they took an interest last summer but Dortmund quickly made their intentions to hold on to the starlet clear. This week, however, the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc has conceded that Sancho won’t remain at the club forever and a big money transfer is inevitable. Read More
If United wish to be among those clubs in the race for his signature then, according to Goal, they must qualify for the Champions League ‘if they are to stand a chance.’ It’s claimed that while Dortmund’s asking fee of in excess of £100million would ‘not be a problem for United,’ Sancho’s advisers are ‘far from convinced that United are a sensible stepping stone in the 19-year-old’s career.’ The report states that Champions League football is ‘critical’ to Sancho and any team that can offer it would ‘hold an advantage’ as United’s standing in world football is ‘on the decline.’ Read More
Meanwhile, United have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to sign 18-year-old Hungary international Dominik Szoboszlai. That’s according to Football Insider , who claim that United will dispatch scouts to track the youngster, who is set to face Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League this week. Manchester City and Chelsea have both been linked as well, with Szoboszlai among Europe’s hottest young properties at the moment. He’s a central midfielder, who can play out wide or further up the pitch, and known for his creativity. Italian clubs Juventus, Lazio and Inter Milan have all reportedly ‘registered an interest’ as well.