Two priorities emerge, as Solskjaer’s Sancho plan changes with summer ‘backing’ in place

Date published: Monday 22nd February 2021 10:58 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United have shelved their plan to sign Jadon Sancho this summer and will look to strengthen in two other areas, claims a report.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate to get the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund man into the club last summer.

But now, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, United’s interest has waned and they have other areas they would prefer to strengthen.

Amad Diallo’s arrival and the continued progress of Mason Greenwood has mean that Solskjaer’s priority is not as right-sided attacker.

Greenwood has recently penned a new long-term contract and the feelings behind the scenes at United is that Diallo is all but ready for the first team after his £37m move from Atalanta.

With those two player’s at his disposal Solskjaer is looking instead at a new No. 9 and and a centre-back this summer.

The report claims Solskjaer is still a huge fan of Sancho, 20, and if an opportunity too good to turn down arose then a deal could still be struck.

United baulked at the £108m that Dortmund wanted last summer and once the Augist deadline, imposed by the Bundesliga club, passed there was no chance of Sancho leaving.

Now the price tag has dropped somewhat due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Bild, Dortmund are now only asking for £88m for Sancho. The German club are feeling the financial effects of the Coronavirus hit and are expecting losses of £66m.

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Solskjaer: We’ve got the backing

Whoever United target this summer and Sergio Ramos, Jules Kounde, Ibrahima Konate and Raphael Varane continue to mentioned as centre-back options, they will be “backed” by the Glazer family.

Solskjaer was bullish over the weekend and insisted he has the backing of United’s board.

“We’ve got a plan to become a very successful Man United team – and a team that top players want to play for,” said the Norwegian.

“It’s down to us to keep improving and getting closer to the trophies.

“I can’t say anything about individuals. But we’ve got the backing. The owners keep backing the club and myself and hopefully we can improve the team.

“We are getting better, but we need to do better than last year when we got to three semi-finals.

“The next stage is to get into finals and establish ourselves again as challengers in the league.”

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