Jadon Malik Sancho is one of Europe’s hottest prospects. He has managed 30 goals and 38 assists in his 78 appearances in the German top-flight league. Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a goal-scoring right-winger to complement the qualities of Martial and Rashford. Sancho could be the solution to that problem. He is a proven performer and a potential global superstar of the future. It, therefore, comes as no wonder Man United has never hidden the interest in signing the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer. Man United always knew their summer pursuit of Jadon Sancho wasn’t going to be easy.
Dortmund is said to be holding out a fee of 108 million pounds for the youngster, and Man United are reluctant to pay this amount of money in the current economic climate. Dortmund set Man United a deadline of August 10 to get the deal done, and Man United have failed to pay up the money. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc appeared to suggest that the deal is now dead. However, Man United are still interested in signing their top target Sancho even after Dortmund insisted the player would stay at the club. Failure to secure a deal raises the question of who else Man United would turn to as an alternative to Sancho.
Douglas Costa as an alternative to Sancho
Sancho remains plan A for Solskjaer, but Dortmund is in no mood to get bullied into doing a deal for Sancho. The transfer deal for Sancho is still a long way from the beginning, and it is in the interest of Man united in considering viable alternatives. Douglas Costa is an alternative transfer target for Man United. The future of the Brazilian international is uncertain following the arrival of Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo as Juve’s new Head Coach. There are reports of a massive overhaul of the Juventus first team ahead of next season, with Costa supposedly one of the names likely to depart the club. Costa, who had previous spells at Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayern Munich, has two years left on his contract. Costa would bring a vast amount of football experience to Old Trafford. However, he isn’t a prolific finisher as he has only managed to score ten goals in 101 appearances in a Juventus shirt since 2017.
He is almost 30 years, often injured, and has failed to play more than 30 games in either of the last two seasons. Costa would undoubtedly command a much lower fee than Sancho, but he is hardly the type of arrival that would appease the Man United fans if they miss out on their first-choice transfer target in this current transfer window.
Does David Brooks fit that bill?
Man United are understood to be keeping an eye on David Brooks, and their recruitment team has been closely following the youngster. Brooks had a magnificent 2018-19 season for Bournemouth but only managed to make nine appearances last season after suffering a severe ankle injury. Solskjaer is targeting a better squad depth to deal with because it’s going to be a long season.
Brooks would be an excellent squad option to help Man United’s fixture congestion and would settle in the team very quickly. Brooks fits the profile of the player Solskjaer has mostly targeted since taking charge at Man united. He is a versatile homegrown talent who plays with passion. Brooks is capable of playing on either side of wings or as a number 10. He would also provide much-needed cover for Mason Greenwood, Rashford, and Fernandes. In terms of negotiation, it would be a straight forward transfer than Sancho’s deal because Bournemouth is now in the Championship following their relegation last season and need the money. Even though Brooks is not in the same league as Sancho in terms of talent and productivity, he could prove to be a significant asset for Man United on their sub-standard bench.
Should Man United go in for Kingsley Coman?
Bayern Munich has added up their attacking line with the acquisition of former Schalke and Man city playmaker Leroy Sane, and there is uncertainty as to whether that leaves Coman down in the pecking order at the Allianz Arena. Coman is still 24 and has got the talent with vast experience, having played for PSG and Juventus early on his career.
Coman knows what it takes to win trophies at the top level, and he could be the missing piece in this Man United side who are looking to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. This deal might prove to be a difficult one for Man united because Bayern has previously expressed no interest in selling Coman. Coman has a contract with the Bavarian club that ends in 2023. Coman was the match-winner for Bayern in their Champions League final triumph over PSG a few weeks ago.