Burnley fans and management could be keeping a close eye on a transfer saga involving a fellow north-westerly Premier League club, given its potential knock-on consequences for the Clarets.
On Monday, the Daily Express quoted a tweet from journalist Fredrik Filtvedt (via @FAFiltvedt) which said that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken with Jadon Sancho ‘several times’ about a possible move to Old Trafford, with the Borussia Dortmund winger claimed to be top of the Norwegian’s wish list.
United’s unrelenting pursuit of one 20-year-old left winger could see them end their interest in another, following transfer reports over the summer that they had been targeting Burnley’s Dwight McNeil.
Such is Solskjaer’s desire to make Sancho a Manchester United player that, according to Filtvedt, he has instructed Old Trafford chief executive Ed Woodward to ‘fix’ the deal and make it happen before the transfer window closes in four weeks’ time.
According to The Independent, a potential deal for the Borussia Dortmund winger would cost at least €66m (£60m) but could end up surpassing €111m (£100m) if certain performance criteria are met.
If Sancho ends up at Old Trafford in the next month for such a lucrative fee, that would likely end any chances of the Red Devils making a move for McNeil, who has emerged as a key presence in Burnley’s line-up.
The 20-year-old scored twice and set up six goals in the Premier League last season, starting all 38 games for the Clarets and playing the full duration in 32 of those (as per TransferMarkt). He had the joint-highest assists tally at Turf Moor in 2019/20 and his passing success rate of 79.1% was the second highest in Sean Dyche’s squad, while nobody else put in more crosses for Burnley last term (via WhoScored).
The potential acquisition of Sancho by Manchester United won’t automatically end the possibility of McNeil leaving Burnley, as interest from Leicester has emerged in recent weeks.
Will Dwight McNeil still be at Burnley when the transfer window closes?
However, if a Champions League-playing contender like the Red Devils were to drop out of the race, then Dyche may feel more confident of being able to retain the winger beyond the end of the current transfer window. Given McNeil’s importance to the Clarets, that can only be good news for the Lancashire outfit.
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