Gary Neville expects Jadon Sancho to sign for Manchester United this summer after news that Edinson Cavani has extended his stay at Old Trafford.
Cavani, 34, announced he was remaining at the Theatre of Dreams for another 12 months on Monday. He moved to Old Trafford in early October, penning a one-year deal with the club. And it was announced on Monday that the Uruguay international will play for the club in 2021-2022. It was a vital piece of business for the Red Devils and they are set for an important summer.
Harry Kane and Erling Haaland were two potential targets for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer. However, the extension of Cavani’s deal means that is now unlikely to happen.
But Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund team-mate Sancho is reportedly very much still on the radar. And Neville believes it is far more likely that they will opt for the 21-year-old Londoner.
“I don’t think they will sign another striker,” he added. “I haven’t got the contacts at the club I used to have, it’s my assumption.
“They’ve been desperate for Sancho and were criticised for not signing him. But they could look exceptionally smart if they get him this summer for half the price.”
Kane one striker too many
Neville feels the addition of Kane would cause a log jam at Old Trafford. It seems likely that the England man will leave Tottenham in the off-season.
But there does not seem a place for him at United.
Neville continued: “If United were to sign Kane, and Sancho as an example, then will Cavani play? Will Greenwood emerge?
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“Will he have the growth that Man United want for him? Where will that leave Rashford? Where does Pogba fit in?
“I think Sancho comes in, he’ll play on the right hand side with a potential back-up of Greenwood.”
“Up front you’ve got Cavani and Greenwood and they’ll want Greenwood to come through because he’s outstanding. On the left you’ve got Rashford and Martial.
“If you sign a Kane or a Haaland, which is what’s being mooted, I don’t think that basically works for Manchester United the way in which they’ve recruited in the last few years.
“I think it’s Sancho and that’s their business done.”