Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to sell Daniel James in an attempt to fund a move for Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho is United’s major target this summer transfer window. But they have made little or no progress in a deal, with the German side unwilling to sell for less than £108m.
United have turned their attentions to alternative players, including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos.
According to ESPN, Solskjaer is “determined” to sign Jadon Sancho before Monday’s transfer deadline. And in a desperate late plan, he is willing to offload James for £25m.
The Welshman has endured mixed form since his £18m move from Swansea last summer window. Indeed he has scored just four goals in 47 matches and is even struggling for game time.
ESPN claims that Solskjaer and his coaching staff are not convinced James has the potential to become an established player at the club.
And they are hoping to sell the 22-year-old for £25m, presenting a £7million profit. Crucially though, the money would go a long way in helping United sign Sancho.
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However, Solskjaer’s plan has not gone well with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. He feels selling James after just a year would send a “negative message”, with the club known around the world for developing young players.
In any case, United have already fielded huge interest from newly promoted Premier League team Leeds, The club have failed with an offer of a season-long loan deal.
It remains to be seen if Manchester United will eventually get a deal done for Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer.