Paul Scholes says Manchester United will go the “extra mile” to sign Jadon Sancho but will have flashbacks about their failed pursuit of Erling Haaland.
United remain locked in talks with Borussia Dortmund over England international Sancho after months of speculation about a deal.
More recently, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc expressed at a press conference his confidence that Sancho will be at the club next season.
United, meanwhile, have reportedly become irked by the deal broker involved in negotiations.
During BT Sport‘s coverage of United’s Europa League clash with Copenhagen, Scholes and fellow former midfielder Owen Hargreaves were asked about the impasse.
Hargreaves said Zorc’s statement was a “bluff” to try and make United pay Sancho’s full valuation.
In response, Scholes pointed out that United backed away from a deal for Haaland, who is now at Dortmund himself.
“As Owen said, they’re just after a little bit more money out of it,” Scholes said.
“[Sancho’s] a great player, but when we talk about £108m, that’s a lot of money to go to… he looks a brilliant player and he’ll improve any team in world football with his assists, his goals.
“The only thing I would say about United is they were desperate for [Erling] Haaland as well and didn’t quite go that extra mile to pay the money they wanted for him there. Will they do this with Sancho?
“I think they will, if Ole desperately wants him, I think they’ll get him.”
HARGREAVES CALLS DORTMUND’S BLUFF
Hargreaves had earlier said: “Bluff – I’m calling the bluff. I think he’ll be a Man United player in a pretty short time.”
Pressed on Zorc’s statement, the pundit added: “Trying to get a bit more money out of it, that’s just the nature of the beast.
“Obviously they know United are really interested and they’re pretty heavily into negotiations, but I think they’re bluffing – they know he’s going to leave at that price.”
Sancho recently finished his best season in front of goal, scoring 20 times and assisting 20 other strikes.