Man Utd legend Sir Alex Ferguson gives Solskjaer seal of approval for top transfer target

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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the club’s Jadon Sancho transfer plan ahead of a possible move for the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer.

It has been widely reported that Man United want to add Sancho to their ranks to complete a devastating front four.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has often lacked a natural option on the right-hand side of his attack, with Mason Greenwood more comfortable in the middle while Daniel James has struggled for consistency.

By signing Sancho, Solskjaer would be able to name the 21-year-old in a quartet alongside Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and one of Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial or Greenwood.

Sancho’s personal terms are believed to have been agreed and the only major obstacle for United is the transfer fee.

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Dortmund want around £80million for the former Manchester City youngster.

Sancho has scored 50 goals and has provided a further 64 assists in just 137 appearances for the Bundesliga side since arriving from City for a measly £8m in 2017.

United pulled out of a deal for Sancho last summer due to the financial constraints thrust upon football by the coronavirus pandemic.

However, that is not believed to be an issue for the Old Trafford outfit this season, despite them yet to meet Dortmund’s valuation.

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And former boss Ferguson has gushed about the south London-born star.

The Scot won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions Leagues, among various other titles, during a glittering 26-year tenure at United.

“I think a lot of Jadon Sancho, with his one-on-one duels, as an assister and scorer, he is extremely dangerous,” Ferguson told German newspaper Sport Bild.

“He has so much potential, he helps the team.

“That’s why he’ll be valuable to England over the course of the tournament.”

Meanwhile, Sancho has played down talk of a move this summer.

He instead wants to concentrate on helping England go far at Euro 2020.

“I don’t really look at it,” Sancho told talkSPORT ahead of England’s tournament opener against Croatia, which they won 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal.

Sancho was not included in the squad for the game, instead he was one of the three players excluded from Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad to form a matchday squad of 23.

Sancho continued: “When I’m during the season I always focus on myself and the team because that’s the most important thing that we can do.

“When I’m on the pitch, I’m always giving my all and trying to create what I do on the pitch, that’s goals and assists.

“I try to work hard.”
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