Manchester United have received a major boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
According to a report from Manchester Evening News, Dortmund have identified PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen as a replacement for Sancho.
The report further says that United have made progress in the Sancho deal with personal terms and agent fees being agreed and the club may try to sign him at the end of the season.
Another report from Soccer News states that Dortmund are keen to sign Malen from PSV and are willing to make a deal for Sancho with United, as the money from the transfer will help the club in getting the Dutch forward.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly tried to sign Sancho thrice in the past but has failed to do so with the club not willing to spend the asking price of over £100 million.
If Solskjaer manages to sign the 20-year-old under the financially stringent regime of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, then critics may never question his abilities in the transfer window.
The England international has been Solskjaer’s primary target ever since he was appointed manager, and finally getting him to Old Trafford would mean that the Norwegian has managed to win the trust of the board.
It would also help the Red Devils in fixing their issues out wide. Against Liverpool on Sunday, United started with Paul Pogba on the right with Marcus Rashford going central, a strategy that exposed United’s midfield to frequent intrusions from Xerdian Shaqiri.
Most of United’s movements inside the box come from the left side, and Rashford’s struggles against Burnley when playing on the right-wing further showcased the need to bring in a specialist right-winger.
The addition of youngsters Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri would help the club in the long run, but an already established talent like Sancho would help United in their pursuit of Champions League trophy.
In simpler terms, Sancho would be a dream signing for United fans and much-needed quality to a squad that has now proven to be a title contender.