Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Manchester United to complete a deal for Jadon Sancho as quickly as possible to avoid a repeat of last summer’s mistake with Harry Maguire.
United initially refused to pay more than £40m for Maguire but Leicester City held firm with their £80m valuation of the defender.
United eventually accepted Leicester’s demands – which saw the England international become the most expensive defender in history – but due to the delay, Maguire arrived just days before their opening game of the season against Chelsea.
According to ESPN, players and coaching staff at the club were shocked by United’s handling of the deal, considering an earlier move would have allowed him to partake in an entire pre-season with the club.
According to reports, Solskjaer wants the Red devils to ‘accelerate’ their current bid for Sancho to avoid a similar scenario happening in the lead-up to the 2020/21 season.
However, the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is only willing to offer half of Dortmund’s £100m asking price amid the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this week, Gary Pallister backed Manchester United to sign Sancho and likened the winger to club legend Ryan Giggs.
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‘I like Sancho. I think he’s looked the part,’ the former United defender told MUTV’s Group Chat.
‘I’m not sure what’s happening with him at Dortmund, they’re talking about over €100m for him after this pandemic and everything that’s happened with clubs not having fans.
‘I don’t know if that’s feasible even for a club the size of Manchester United to pay that fee.
He added: ‘You want to see players with a threat like [Andrei] Kanchelskis and Giggs, people like that that. And Sancho’s got a bit of that in him.