Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho nearly joined Real Madrid this summer, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority acquisition throughout the window but, in the end, remained at the Westfalenstadion. However the Red Devils aren’t the only team to miss out, with Real Madrid coming close to bringing the forward to La Liga.
Manchester United missed out on Sancho, with the club turning their attentions to the likes of Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pestrelli and Amad Traore late on transfer deadline day.
They retain an interest in the Dortmund star, however, and are expected to pursue him again in the future.
United were widely considered as the only club in the frame to sign Sancho this summer, with the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona distancing themselves from the 20-year-old.
However, the Guardian say that wasn’t the case – and that Real Madrid probed a deal late in September.
It’s claimed they thought they could get a discount fee on Sancho as a result of the coronavirus crisis and explored the possibility of a deal worth €90m plus bonuses.
Yet he was left crushed when the move didn’t materialise, with Dortmund holding out for £108million throughout the whole summer.
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A source is quoted as saying: “It was so close to being done, the player was disappointed.”
Real are expected to rival United for Sancho in next summer’s transfer window, although Kylian Mbappe remains their priority target.
The La Liga giants also have interest in Dortmund star Erling Haaland, though any potential deal for the Norway international won’t be happening until 2022 at the earliest.
Meanwhile, regarding Sancho, former United star Luke Chadwick recently hit out at his former side’s inability to sign the England international.
Chadwick told Sports Mole: “It does seem from the outside looking in that maybe all the eggs have been put in the Jadon Sancho basket and that’s going to keep people happy for a certain period of time.
“I think it’s been glaringly obvious since the start of the season that there needs to be another central defender to come in and offer more competition, someone who plays every game really, with the back four that’s playing at the moment.
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“It does seem to be a little bit reactive in terms of there doesn’t seem to be a huge recruitment plan there of what happens.
“It seems to be someone might become available and United go and try and get them.
“Obviously Van de Beek is a hugely talented football player but you wonder where he’s going to play because I assume Bruno [Fernandes] is going to play every game, I assume [Paul] Pogba is going to play every game.
“We talk about the issues in the back four – if it’s a Van de Beek, Bruno, Pogba (midfield) in front of them it doesn’t offer a huge amount of protection to the back four so you look at the likes of [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay who surely have to play at the moment to protect the back four to a certain extent.”
Former United star Paul Scholes, meanwhile, thinks the club were wrong not to land Sancho when Solskjaer wanted him so much.
Scholes said: “I don’t think he’s the first one who hasn’t been backed.
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“There’s been a lot of money spent but has it been spent on the first choices these managers want? I’m not too sure.
“I think Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho especially had a moan about that and it’s understandable when they aren’t getting the players they want.
“I think Ole’s been supported. I think Maguire at £80m is a lot of money, Fernandes just in January has been an excellent signing and the form was good especially coming from Fernandes in January time, you felt that this team was going places.
“Towards the end of the season it’s a lot easier to win games, it’s a lot easier to go on a run when the pressure’s not really on.
“Okay you can talk about pressure to get in that top four but that’s not the pressure United want, United want to be winning leagues.
“You felt at the end of last season he would have got more support in the transfer market to go on again to that next level but he’s not been given that. It’s quite clear the players he wanted have not come.”
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