Jadon Sancho will be arriving at Old Trafford in the coming weeks, and reports said this was the assurance given to the 20-year-old winger, which came directly from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian seemed convinced that a transfer deal on Sancho "is in the bag."
While the negotiations on United's acquisition of the Borussia Dortmund star appeared to have stalled this summer, Solskjaer made sure that his signing target is in the know. It is believed that Sancho and his future coach have remained in touch and the youngster was getting regular updates on the deal being ironed out.
Recent reports claimed Sancho agreed in personal terms to sign up with the Red Devils, possibly drawn to the English side's promise of him becoming the new No. 7. However, the deal can only push ahead on the payment of the transfer fee that was set at £108 million, which United deemed as unrealistic.
As the negotiations dragged on, Solskjaer gave his word to Sancho that the transfer will be completed before the close of the summer transfer window. Citing reports from Norway, Talk Sport said the United boss reached out to the youngster recently and informed him that the deal will "soon be in the bag."
No further details on the conversation were given but the report indicated that Solskjaer is making efforts to ensure that his target signing will be at his side early next month.
Part of the actions being taken by the club is the offloading of some players, already marked as surplus to requirements for the season. Some of the names mentioned include Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Andreas Pereira, and Jesse Lingard but in reality, selling these assets is proving difficult in the current state of the market.
Clubs have taken a financial hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic and many are unwilling to spend big money, and the situation is preventing United to raise the cash that hopefully will fund the signing of Sancho.
Metro said that while Solskjaer has insisted on bringing Sancho back to the Premier League, his side is also preparing for the possibility of the young talent slipping away. That is why the club is looking for alternatives and the likes of Jack Grealish and Gareth Bale have been considered.
However, it seemed already concluded that Bale is head to Tottenham for a loan deal while Grealish did sign an extension contract with Aston Villa. These so-called second options are now of reach for Solskjaer.
Hence the best option for the United boss is to get the Sancho signing over the line this summer. This is also because of the reports that in succeeding transfer windows, convincing the youngster to play for the club will be more difficult.
Sancho is predicted to attract more attention this season and pundits said United will need to compete with giant rivals such as Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Manchester City to win the Bundesliga sensation's signature.