Manchester United could launch their first bid for Jadon Sancho as soon as today.
The Borussia Dortmund star is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top transfer target having enjoyed a fine second half of the season. But the club may have to offer him a new shirt number than the one they first intended.
According to The United Stand, United are ready to go after Sancho. With speed, too.
They’ve come close to signing the England international three times in the past, in 2017 under Jose Mourinho and also in 2019 and 2020 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Now, United are ready to get a deal over the line at long last. It’s claimed that, after a meeting with the Red Devils’ PR team and board members, an offer of £85million is being prepared.
It’s even stated that bid could arrive at Dortmund as soon as today, showing just how important they deem the 21-year-old.
A year ago, United had the No 7 shirt reserved for Sancho.
They did that because they believed he would be the perfect fit, having seen the likes of Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez fail to do it justice.
But things have changed since.
Upon landing Edinson Cavani a year ago, the Uruguay international requested the No 7 jersey. Knowing it’s history, the veteran only had one shirt number in mind.
This was confirmed by Solskjaer in December, with the 48-year-old saying: “It is the first thing he asked me, when I spoke him, could he wear the number seven shirt.
“Obviously we told him about the history of the shirt and the history of his career and experience, his personality from our chat and what I had watched before.
“I had no doubt that he could handle the number seven shirt.
“He is a meticulous profesional. His habits and everything show you about why he has had the career he has had.”
Upon joining United, Cavani also elaborated on his demand.
“It’s a fantastic challenge, and an exciting responsibility too, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world, and like I said, I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by those players you just mentioned,” he said.
“It’s a great number, I got to wear it with the national team as well. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more of an off-the-field thing. That’s where it counts for more.
“I know that once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.
“But when you get the chance to pull on the No.7 shirt at Manchester United, which has been worn by some top, top players who have been legends here in this country and at this club, it really is a nice responsibility to have.
“I enjoy challenges and, as I said to you, I hope that I can do it great justice and leave it in as high regard as the many great players who have worn this shirt before me.”
Now, United may have to give Sancho a different jersey instead.
And there aren’t too many to choose from, with all of the main ones already taken.
The No 10 shirt is donned by Marcus Rashford, No 11 by Mason Greenwood and No 9 by Anthony Martial.
So United may have to think outside of the box when it comes to Sancho, who is primed to become a Galactico addition.
Obviously, there’s plenty of work that needs doing. A deal this big won’t be straightforward, with twists and turns likely to follow.
But it does seem that, finally, it’s just a matter of time before United secure Sancho’s signing.
And that could just be the start, with Solskjaer also eyeing other reinforcements as he looks to win the Premier League title for the first time as manager.