Paper Talk: Man Utd end Sancho plan as three top summer targets emerge

Date published: Wednesday 3rd February 2021 8:28 - James Marshment

Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and will instead focus on three other top signings this summer, while fears are growing at Arsenal that a top young star is set to move on, according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.


Manchester United appear to have struck Jadon Sancho off their wanted list.

United have chased the Borussia Dortmund star hard in recent times. Indeed, their summer bid to sign him saw two firm offers lodged, only for the Bundesliga side to hold firm on their €120m valuation.

Since then, United have brought in talented teenager Amad Diallo. And there is a belief around Old Trafford that the former Atalanta winger could prove every bit as good as Sancho. Indeed, it doesn’t seem long before we see the 18-year-old featuring for the first team.

Sancho has also suffered something of a drop in form this season.

As such, the Daily Express now claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has switched his focus elsewhere.

Indeed, they state United have decided they are better off pursuing Sancho’s teammate Erling Haaland instead.

The Dortmund goal machine won’t come cheap. Despite an exit clause, he is sure to be in demand and he could end up moving for even more.

The Express believes Haaland will now be the focus of United’s main summer transfer focus.

The paper also states United will go hard for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

Signing more competition at the heart of defence has always been a priority for Solskjaer. He failed last summer, but it will become a priority this time around. And £70m-rated Kounde is fast emerging as their No 1 target.

United are unlikely to stop there, either. As per The Times, United are also leading the chase for Aston Villa wonderkid Carney Chukwuemeka. Man City and Liverpool are also among those keen.

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Folarin Balogun

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