Manchester United always knew Jadon Sancho’s search for the summer did not go as smoothly as certain parties did.
United never hid the fact they intend to pass on this summer to the Borussia Dortmund winger, but they have made it clear that if no progress is made, they are willing to walk away from talks. It seems that resolve will be tested ultimately.
Even after Dortmund insisted that he would stay in the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side didn’t seem to stop signing their top target. But this certainly raises the question of who they would turn to if a deal is not approved.
Dortmund had said that they wanted a deal when they went to their training camp that gave them time to purchase a substitute, and sports director Zorc says that Sancho will now stay at the club.
This summer window, Sancho remains the priority target, but according to Manchester Evening News, here are some alternatives:
In this summer’s case, MEN Sport understands that if they do not sign Sancho, Coman could consider a loan move.
Bayern has already informed German trustees that, although they recently recruited their fellow winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City, they had no interest in selling young Coman, who has a contract with the Bavarian giants till 2023.
As a backup, although he is only 24 years old, he comes with vast experience and would make sense as a short-term fix before the club attempted to sign Sancho again in one year.
Men Sport reported earlier this summer that Havertz was keen on moving to the Premier League, and it would be crucial to play the Champions League in deciding his next destination.
After they collapsed from the Europa League on Monday evening, the 20-year-old looks set to play his final match for Bayer Leverkusen, and United could still hijack the move Chelsea has proposed.
Havertz also has the bonus of playing on the wing or in the middle, but his massive price tag means he can only sign for United as an accompaniment to Sancho.
Schalke 04 winger Rabbi Matondo is currently under monitoring as a possible Sancho backup target and is seen as a more economical option.
According to MEN Sport, United are willing to keep track of potential purchase contracts for the summer window and see Matondo as a player in the same pocket as Daniel James, a Welsh fellow winger.
This summer, Matondo would be a much cheaper option for Solskjaer, but, unlike the previous names on the list, he wouldn’t be able to go straight to the start line-up.
David Brooks is another affordable choice for United in the summer window, and his services at least admire the club.
The withdrawal of the Welsh attacker from the Premier League has, in recent weeks, only further lowered his price tag, and Liverpool is not unexpectedly correlated with a possible move as well.
Brooks would be an excellent squad choice, but again he’d be unlikely to move into Old Trafford and start every game on the right-wing. He would be a great addition to the squad, though.
Velez Sarsfield starlet Thiago Almada is another player in the backup bracket, and it was for this very reason that it was near signing up for Manchester City last summer.
The young 19-year-old player is seen to be of great interest in Europe and could be regarded as another short-term solution should United choose, instead of entirely retreating, to delay a move for Sancho until a later date.
Like the two previous entries, Almada would not necessarily enter the first team straight into the attacking trio before him but would be a complementary option.
Watford winger Ismaila Sarr is by far the most likely option if a deal is to be considered with the club eagerly raising funds following their recent relegation from the Premier League. He could be another wildcard option for United this summer.
Sarr is another more affordable option than Sancho, and the reverse of a productive season in English top-flight is unlike the others.
The 22-year-old would fit into the current philosophy of United’s transfer and certainly an option worth considering when it is not possible to reach their top target.