Manchester United have been presented with an immediate solution to their Jadon Sancho issue with a respected journalist detailing a tempting offer for the player from Al-Ettifaq.
Steven Gerrard’s side have been extremely busy in the market this summer as they look to pull together a squad capable of challenging the very best teams in the Saudi Pro-League.
Indeed, having tempted his former Anfield apprentice Jordan Henderson on a £700,000 a week deal, Al-Ettifaq have since also brought in another recent Anfield icon in Gini Wijnaldum following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain.
And with Demarai Gray also signing on the dotted line in a £8m deal from Everton on Thursday, the Saudi side could be ready for one final, and significant foray into the market.
To that end, CBS journalist James Benge claims Al-Ettifaq are in contact with United over a beat-the-deadline swoop for Sancho.
And with the Saudi transfer window slamming shut at 10pm BST, Gerrard’s side believe they can take advantage of Sancho’s poor relatonship with Erik ten Hag to get the deal done.
Indeed, the winger has thrown his United career into a state of uncertainty after publicly accusing his manager of concealing the truth over his axing from the squad to face Arsenal.
Sancho, who has sent to undergo a personal training programme in the Netherlands last year after falling foul of Ten Hag’s standards had been hoping the 2023/24 season would bring about a change of fortunes.
Indeed, he has rarely looked like justifying the hefty £73m fee United paid Borussia Dortmund for his services two summers ago.
After featuring in the club’s first three matches of the season, albeit off the substitutes bench, the early signs looked good.
Man Utd offered Al-Ettifaq solution to Jadon Sancho problem
However, Sancho was then chopped from the matchday squad that were beaten 3-1 at Arsenal. On the day, Alejandro Garnacho and Facundo Pellistri were both preferred ahead of him on the bench, while Marcus Rashford and Antony were selected in the wide positions either side of Bruno Fernandes as the No 10.
The 23-year-old’s absence from the squad prompted Ten Hag to suggest the player had been overlooked after not meeting the required standards in training and in the build-up to the match.
Sancho, however, claimed he had been ‘scapegoated’ by his manager and urged his followers on X not to believe all that was being said about him.
Consequently, Ten Hag is said to be furious at Sancho’s decision to call him out in public, putting his United career in serious jeopardy as a result.
On Wednesday, it was claimed that an unnamed Saudi club were preparing a substantial offer to tempt United into selling Sancho. In the same article, rumours of the 23-times capped England winger’s Old Trafford contract being torn up were also clarified.
Now, CBS claims that the club in question is Al-Ettifaq.
And officials from the club have already presented their offer to the Red Devils to prise Sancho away.
Al-Ettifaq present huge offer for Man Utd outcast
Per the article, they have offered United an initial loan deal for the rest of the season, with a view to a lucrative permanent move if all parties are in agreement.
In the meantime, they would plan to cover Sancho’s £250,000 a week deal at United in full as part of the arrangement. The player would also be offered a substantial signing-on fee to tempt him into making the move.
Down the line, and were the move to be made permanent, Sancho would then be free to negotiate more lucrative terms in the Gulf State and akin to what some of their biggest earners are currently collecting.
Long term, United would also seemingly get a good chance of claiming back a significant portion of the huge £73m paid to BVB for the winger, who has scored just 12 goals in his two full seasons at Old Trafford.
In the short term, they would also collect a significant loan fee for the move, estimated to be as much as £15m to £20m.
Ultimately United will know they would struggle to get anywhere near their money back on a player who has looked a shadow of the star who tore up the Bundesliga.
To that end, officials from the Saudi club hope their offer to United will be enough to convince them to cash in before the window slams shut at 10pm.