Manchester United have released a short statement confirming they have an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Jadon Sancho. The England international has been on their radar for over four years. And, now, he’s finally poised to join.
At long last, United have their man.
The club have today confirmed they’ve reached an agreement with Dortmund for Sancho, saying in a statement posted on their website: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho.
“The signing is subject to contractual terms and a medical, which will be completed after Jadon’s involvement in the UEFA European Championship.”
Sancho is currently on international duty with England.
But his move to Old Trafford should boost his confidence, having featured just once for the Three Lions since the tournament started.
United have wanted Sancho for a number of years, with interest dating back to Jose Mourinho’s time in charge.
And he’s not expected to be their only signing of the summer.
United are also looking at at least three potential reinforcements as they look to win the Premier League title, a trophy that’s eluded them ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
At right-back, Kieran Trippier is being targeted.
At centre-back, the Red Devils are confident of winning the race for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.
And United are open to boosting their midfield options, too, amid links to Declan Rice and Eduardo Camavinga – of West Ham and Rennes respectively.
United legend Rio Ferdinand reacted to news of an agreement for Sancho yesterday, expressing a belief he’d add a new dimension to Solskjaer’s attack.
“We still need other parts. There’s other cogs we need still,” he said.
“On the right hand side, and the left hand side, we haven’t got a winger who goes on the outside. Who goes on the outside, and can cross the ball.
“That’s what you need. He can go both ways, plays with both feet, and on that right wing, as well as Mason’s done, and I’m a massive Mason Greenwood fan, out there, having a winger.
“This is Man United, always associate yourselves with wingers, always have done over the years. In our most successful times, there’s always been wide players who can go out there and cross the ball.
“Mason, he comes inside, he wants goals. It’s a good element, it’s an important aspect, but Jadon will give you both options, and for a full-back, terrible news.
“That’s the beautiful thing about him, the game doesn’t quicken up in his mind.
“He gets into those fast situations where for a lot of players it becomes hazy. His is a clear picture still, running at full speed or not. He sees it in pure HD.
“That’s the element he’s going to bring, and the element of going out on the outside, beating the full-back and crossing it.
“Then you’ve got Mason Greenwood, Cavani, Rashford coming in from the other side.
“We should be getting more goals from those scenarios next season to add to the attacking variety.”