Phil Neville has urged Jadon Sancho to be “patient” and postpone his proposed switch to Manchester United this summer.
United were confident of signing Sancho before the coronavirus pandemic. But the financial implications now look to have made the Red Devils more wary of a £100m-plus move.
They remain keen on a move for the 20-year-old winger. However, Borussia Dortmund insist they would prefer the England international to remain at the club for at least another year.
Sancho will reportedly have to force through a move, if he does want to quit the Bundesliga this summer.
But Neville believes Sancho should remain professional and be prepared to call off a move to Old Trafford, given the current situation.
“I think with Sancho he’s actually playing for a great club and he’s playing most weeks,” Neville told Premier League Productions.
“He’s playing at the top, top level. If I was him I would be patient. I don’t think clubs can go out and pay £100m for a player like Sancho at this moment in time.
“It might be something that they’ll have to do in 12 months time but I have to say I think this kid is the real deal. I think he’s something really special.”
United are known to have been chasing Sancho for over a year, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swopped for Daniel James instead – when they failed to land the England attacker.
But Neville claims the right flank remains a problem for United, and seems to have completely forgotten about James. That is despite the Welshman scoring three goals and providing six assists in his first season at Old Trafford.
“When you look at United’s team I do think they need a winger,” Neville added.
“I know they’ve played Martial on the left but on the right they’ve had Lingard, Mata, Rashford sometimes.
“It’s a position that I think needs filling and I think Sancho is the best around in terms of English talent.”
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