There’s no doubt about it, Jadon Sancho tops the bill in terms of players that fit the criteria Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to sign.
With his value seemingly rising with every week that goes by, Manchester United know they’re going to have to spend big if they are presented with the chance to sign the England international.
But club chiefs are resigned to the fact that Sancho is now increasingly likely to stay at Borussia Dortmund for at least another season, meaning they’ll be forced to look elsewhere if they intend to sign a wide forward.
The Bundesliga club’s stance remains clear, Sancho is not for sale and he is a key part of a their plans moving forward.
Dortmund sent out a real statement of intent to Bayern Munich yesterday, when they announced the signings of Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt.
One might suggest Lucien Favre is bracing himself for Sancho’s imminent exit, bringing in established attacking quality with proven records in the Bundesliga to replace him.
But instead, the additions are quite the opposite.
The primary motive behind the quick-fire recruitment was that that club have known for six months they were losing Christian Pulisic to Chelsea for £58million. They needed something in place.
After missing out on the title by just two points on the final day of the season, there is a burning desire among the Dortmund ranks to win titles again having come within touching distance this time around.
Having also brought in Nico Schulz from Hoffenheim for £22million, the board have been quick to help erase the heartbreak of this season’s eventual shortcomings.
Although Hazard and Brandt will provide extra competition for Sancho, the 19-year-old is likely to be impressed by his club’s intent and in Germany he feels cherished.
That’s not to say he won’t be tempted by United’s interest, but he’ll be advised they will wait for him. It would be naive to turn his back on Dortmund just yet after making such important strides in a short space of time.
Sancho is believed to be cautious of United’s current situation which has suggested they’re set to endure a period of transition in order to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool again.
After netting in his side’s 2-0 final day victory at Borussia Monchengladbach, he hinted that he expects to stay put at the Westfalenstadion.
“Next season our target is to win, not come second,” Sancho said.
“I’m really happy with how I played this season.
“I wasn’t playing that much at the start of the season but was in the team more often later on. It’s all about hard work.”
Sporting director Michael Zorc has continued to relay throughout the season that Sancho will not be going anywhere for the time being.
“Jadon will play for Borussia Dortmund next season and we are definitely planning with him,” Zorc told Sport Bild.
“I am far from putting a price tag on Jadon, but I maintain that his transfer would be hard to beat even for the biggest clubs in the world at the moment.”