Manchester United are prioritising moves for Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho next year, according to Bleacher Report.
According to the publication, it is unlikely that either of the two will join halfway through the season. They also revealed that the north-west club are looking at a combined fee of around £150m to sign the two players.
Ahead of the January transfer window, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, reportedly, been given the green light to spend money. However, he has been vague on whether the club will sign players or not at the start of 2020, with the Norwegian, instead, pointing to next summer’s window as ‘the big one’ (via Samuel Luckhurst).
The Old Trafford giants have something of a depleted squad this year after they spent last summer getting rid of a number of unwanted players. As many as six first-team players were sold or loaned out, including the costly Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, both of whom moved to Internazionale.
In forward areas, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were left as the only senior attackers, with Daniel James having only joined in the summer (via Transfermarkt). To not sign a forward in January, who can rival the trio, in case bad form becomes an issue, would be a foolish decision that can only hamper the remainder of the campaign.
In midfield, Paul Pogba has suffered an ankle injury, and it seems to have had a negative effect on the club with the side only winning two of their five league games without the France international (via WhoScored).
The Red Devils already sit eight points off a top-four place, showing the vast difference in quality between their squad and that of their Champions League-chasing rivals.
Bleacher Report are talking about a move for Sancho in next summer’s window, however, how likely is he to join if the club hasn’t qualified for Europe’s premier competition? The England international already rejected a move to Old Trafford on the basis of no Champions League football, hence, why waiting could well hamper their chances of signing him (via BBC).
Meanwhile, Rice has spoken of his happiness in east London, so convincing him to leave with only Europa League on offer could be far-fetched (via The Metro). With Nemanja Matic thought to be pushing for a January exit and Fred slated by pundits such as Roy Keane, the midfield is clearly a reasonably weak area for the Red Devils right now, making the idea of waiting seem all the more foolish.
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