Manchester United are adamant on bolstering their squad this season and now have an apparent alternative to primary transfer target Jadon Sancho.
The Red Devils have been linked with signing the Borussia Dortmund superstar for many months now but it seems that, given the current financial climate, a move to Manchester isn’t feasible for Sancho.
The club are now reportedly looking for a backup option and that could come in the form of Federico Bernardeschi, according to Tuttosport (via Sport Witness).
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In the Tuttosport article, United have been described as ‘knocking on the door’ to sign the Juventus winger, who is valued at about €35m (£30.9m). Bernardeschi is currently not for sale but the Serie A giants will take offers exceeding the €35m mark into ‘serious consideration’.
The Italy international hasn’t had a spectacular season with Juventus, however, failing to contribute to any goals in the league this term. Bernardeschi has proved he can be clinical in front of goal, though, tallying a total of 67 goals and 31 appearances in his career (via Transfermarkt).
Sancho’s current asking price is a mammoth £107m (via Daily Express) and, if funds are tight, the Juventus man could be a sensible substitute.
As Manchester United look to re-establish themselves in the league both this season and next, big names will continue to be linked with a move to the club. However, due to the current financial climate, the Reds may be unable to justify spending in excess of £100m on just one player.
Aside from up-and-coming youth player Tahith Chong, United have just one senior right winger in the form of Jesse Lingard. The Englishman’s 2019/20 season has been an underwhelming one, making just 20 Premier League appearances and failing to contribute to any goals in the division (via Transfermarkt).
The addition of a player viewed as an ‘alternative to Sancho’ for £76.1m less than the Dortmund man’s asking price should be business that United are looking to prioritise. If Sancho stays in the Bundesliga this season, the Red Devils could easily still entice him to Manchester at the end of next term, particularly if they qualify for Champions League football.
For now, though, Solskjaer’s focus should be on bolstering his squad whilst not risking breaking the bank.
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