Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly ‘backed down’ on his previous insistence that Jadon Sancho must be signed, with five alternatives named in the latest report.
The Red Devils’ pursuit of Jadon Sancho has become the transfer story of the summer.
The Borussia Dortmund hierarchy delivered a strong statement insisting the England superstar would not be leaving this year. Though one transfer expert was convinced that the deal is “not over by a long shot”.
Regardless, Man Utd were expected to continue to push for the purchase with Sancho undoubtedly their number one target.
That no longer appears to be the case, however, with The Express revealing Man Utd may have finally conceded defeat.
The newspaper state that Ole Gunnar Solskaer had previously ‘made it clear to Woodward that he was unwilling to settle for anything less than Sancho.’
But with little progress made, the Norwegian has now ‘backed down’ on his prior insistence.
Solskjaer is now ‘prepared to look at alternatives’ this summer, with The Evening Standard citing five would-be replacements.
Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is the first man named, with Leroy Sane’s belated arrival in Munich shunting the Frenchman down the pecking order.
Barcelona frontman Ousmane Dembele is once again noted, though the 23-year-old’s chequered injury history would be concerning.
17-year-old wonderkid Ansu Fati is also speculated from Barcelona, though he would be expected to cost even more than Sancho.
Juventus forward Douglas Costa is the fourth alternative but Utd could face competition from Arsenal for his signature.
Finally, Tottenham and England centre-forward Harry Kane concludes the list.
Kane has struggled with injuries in recent years, but has notched a remarkably consistent goals return when fit.
Proven in the Premier League, outspoken pundit Paul Merson recently sung the praises of such a move.
Fernandes fires Man Utd warning amid own impact forcing exit
Man Utd playmaker Bruno Fernandes has laid down a marker to the club’s senior players ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash, while one club man could soon depart due to the Portuguese’s impact.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation since his January arrival from Sporting Lisbon.
His impact was both immense and immediate as Man Utd stormed up the table to secure a third-placed finish.
The prospect of a trophy is also a very real possibility, with the club hunting Europa League glory in the coming days.
The Red Devils face the tough prospect of Europa specialists Sevilla on Saturday night. And Fernandes insisted the onus must be on the club’s senior players to stand up and be counted.