After months of negotiations, Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho this summer.
The Red Devils have been chasing Sancho for more than three years now, although they are seemingly no further forward. Sancho has told Borussia Dortmund that he wants to return to England, amid interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
However, according to football.london, as relayed by the Daily Express, Chelsea have placed Kai Havertz above Sancho in their shortlist of transfer targets. Both clubs have been linked to the youngsters as they look to close the gap on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Earlier this month, Manchester Evening News revealed that Havertz is open to a move to the Premier League. While the Blues have already made their first move by signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, the Red Devils are in hot pursuit as plans are now in motion.
The fierce rivals had been planning for a long-term rebuild before they were interrupted by the nationwide lockdown that was imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
Chelsea have decided to focus all their efforts on Havertz because Man United are leading the race to sign Sancho in the summer. The 20-year-old, who is BVB’s top scorer this season, has scored 17 goals and supplied 16 assists in the Bundesliga so far.
Ed Woodward has urged fans to tread with caution, as he feels it is unrealistic to expect the board to spend heavily in these unprecedented circumstances.
Nevertheless, the fact that another rival has dropped out of the running will be a huge boost of encouragement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has made it clear that the England international remains his top priority in the summer.
Clubs all over the globe are struggling to cope with the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 crisis and Dortmund are unwilling to change their minds on their valuation. As it stands, Man United fans will have to wait and see what the board will be able to do regarding Sancho.
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