Manchester United have already boosted their chances of signing Jadon Sancho this summer.
John Murtough is primed to pursue the England international, who has sparkled for Borussia Dortmund this season.
And the Red Devils have already taken two steps towards a potential deal by tying Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani down.
History is repeating itself.
Sancho, just like in 2017, 2019 and 2020, is set to be pursued by Manchester United when the transfer window reopens this summer.
They had been targeting Erling Haaland yet, now, have changed tact. It’s the Norwegian’s team-mate who is dominating the headlines again, with the Red Devils preparing another chase.
Sancho won’t come cheap, however.
Borussia Dortmund want £85million to part ways with their prized asset, who has scored 14 goals and clocked up 18 assists across all competitions this term.
And United have already ensured they’ll have the funds available at their disposal to strike a deal.
Originally, they’d intended to go after Haaland.
There were fears within the club that Edinson Cavani would up and leave, with Boca Juniors showing strong interest in the 34-year-old.
But United will no longer be strengthening in that department.
They’ve ensured Cavani will stay put, tying the veteran down to a new contract. Haaland and Harry Kane, consequently, are on the back burner.
And it’s a similar story with Bailly at centre-back.
United still do want a new defender, especially having seen their defence toil since Harry Maguire’s injury in the recent 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.
But they’re no longer prorating that department, either.
Bailly staying put means they’re well-stocked, with Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe and young Teden Mengi all primed to be in the squad next term.
There is still interest in Raphael Varane, who could be available for a bargain £60m, as well as Villarreal’s Pau Torres.
But United would prefer to spend their money on Sancho instead, believing he’s got all the talent needed to shine alongside the likes of Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood in the future.
Murtough played a key role in negotiations over the two renewals.
And according to Express, in successfully negotiating them, United have effectively taken two small steps towards the signing of Sancho.
The Dortmund star was coy on his future when recently quizzed on the matter, refusing to grant assurances.
“Will I leave the club? I don’t know about my future,” said the 21-year-old.
“I am very happy here at the moment. I love the club, the fans and the team. They gave me my first professional start.”
And Gary Neville thinks Sancho will join the Red Devils at the end of the season, with Greenwood then to be used as backup striker.
“I think if you look at the policy over the last couple of years at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I don’t think they will sign another striker,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m looking at it now and I’m thinking: I think Sancho comes in and I think you’ve got Sancho that will play on that right-hand side. You’ve got the backup of Greenwood on that side.
“Up front, you’ve got Cavani and Greenwood, they’ll want Greenwood to come through because I think he’s outstanding.
“On the left, you’ve got Rashford and Martial and then you’ve got Pogba potentially can fit in there if he’s not in midfield.
“If you sign Kane or (Erling) Haaland as well, I don’t think that works for Manchester United in the way they’ve recruited in the past few years.
“I think it’s Sancho and I think that’s their business done.”