Manchester United tipped to snub Jadon Sancho and sign three players, including Jack Grealish this summer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to forget signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer based on the price the Bundesliga club have put on the player ahead of the summer transfer window which is suggested to be £117 million, which is a lot of money in the current financial climate.

United are, however, considered to be one of the only clubs to be able to spend that amount of the player this summer, if they do actually want him. Tim Sherwood, who captained Blackburn Rovers to winning the Premier League title during the 1994/95 season, believe United would be better investing that money across the entire squad.

There is a common sense approach here but many will mock Sherwood, who did not have the best time as a manager at both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Sherwood has a point – United need a right-winger, but fortifying the defence and the forward line will be money well spent too, despite the fact Odion Ighalo will be at the club for much of next season.

Sherwood feels that United would be better off looking at what the squad needs, trying to match that instead of spending another club record fee on a player that may or may not fit into the squad. Sancho would be a good buy considering his performances in Germany but there is a chance it might not work. Grealish has been linked to the club for a while with Sherwood seemingly opting for him. The former Rovers captain said:

“I look at that squad now and I think they’re two or three players short of challenging for the title.

“I think they need another striker…

“I think they need Jack Grealish, who is a brilliant player to have when teams sit back against them like Tottenham did the other evening.

“He can occupy the tight areas and create something.

“I think they need another centre-back as cover.

“If they can get that and they have the money to go out and buy those sort of players then I think they’ll be real challengers.

“I think [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] done a brilliant building job.”

United could benefit from a new striker, which is something Solskjaer will be looking at, however, the urgency for that is lower now that Odion Ighalo has had his loan spell extended, seeing out the current delayed season, ending his spell at the Old Trafford club at the end of January 2021, which gives United time to find the right player.

Sherwood continued by saying that United have a strong defence but could find an additional central defender useful at the club, this said with the likelihood of Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and possibly Phil Jones being sold either in the summer or in in the resulting transfer windows. A new striker, like Harry Kane, says Sherwood, would be good for the club.

“The back five picks itself, there’s a lot of good players in there.

“I think another centre-back would be useful to them and I think they’ll go out and get that.

“In midfield they have a lot of options… if it’s not Scott McTominay it’s Matic, who has two Premier League winners’ medals to his name.

“He has experience of doing that.

“They have exciting players up front with a lot of pace we just need that stick-on No9 Harry Kane type – I’m not trying to sell him don’t worry Daniel [Levy].

“But I believe that if they get that top player and I think they can because it’s Manchester United then I think they have a real chance.”

Sherwood might have a point by Kane would be costly this summer and there are not many strikers who fit his presence on the pitch, which is something that Solskjaer will be keeping an eye on. I would imagine that Solskjaer has done a lot of work during the lockdown, giving him a head start as the transfer window opens. Perhaps United will surprise everyone and pull something out of the bag this summer, which would be good to see. However, we will want and see what happens.

Which striker could Manchester United be interested in this summer?

Manchester United cooled their interest in Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann last Thursday with a view of looking for a new striker rather than a player considered to be a number ten, despite being able to lead the line and play on either wing. For the last few seasons, United have been short on strikers, which is a problem. This was the case during the past season too with Zlatan Ibrahimovic being heavily relied upon, getting through much of the season and doing well, but when he was suspended, or latterly injured, United’s reliance moved onto Marcus Rashford, which worked, but was not all that ideal. Wayne Rooney was another option but over the past few seasons, the United captain has lost his strikers instinct, which was shown in Michael Carrick’s testimonial on Sunday at Old Trafford. Just who could Jose Mourinho be looking to sign this summer to lead the like for United? Here are some options, both realistic and unrealistic.

Romelu Lukaku

The Everton striker is on the move this summer and will have a hefty fee placed on his name, said to be around £100 million, which is a huge figure even with the money in today’s game. Lukaku is a beast when he is on form, but during that past season, that has not always been the case. The Belgian scored 26 goals for the Goodison Park club during the past season, which is not bad considering the club he played for, but if he was in form for much of the season, he could have led his side in to a better finishing position in the league, maybe with them not having to qualify for a UEFA Europa League place next season. Lukaku has confirmed that he has now reached an agreement with another club ahead of the new season. Could that be with Manchester United?

Alvaro Morata

The Real Madrid forward has been linked with AC Milan in recent weeks, with suggestions made that only United are currently interested in signing the Spaniard. Fresh from helping his side lift the UEFA Champions League trophy for the third time in four seasons, Morata, a former Juventus player, moving back to Madrid last summer after a buyback clause in his contract was activated, it seems that the Madrid club will be cashing in on the player this summer, something maybe to help fund their bid for AS Monaco youth prodigy Kylian Mbappe, who may want to remain at the principality club for another season, something seconded by his club. Morata could be an option for United this summer, but no firm interest seems to have been reported.

Andrea Belotti

The Italian striker has been linked with United already this summer, but his €100 million release clause would be one of the main factors of whether there was any solid interest in the player from the Old Trafford club. Belotti made 37 appearances for Torino during the past season, scoring 28 goals, which is something United would want in their team next season – incidentally, the same number Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored before he suffered that season-ending injury back in April. Belotti is a decent striker, maybe not one of the best in the world, but certainly on the right track and heading in the right direction. United will be looking for at least one striker, but whether that is Belotti remains to be seen.

Alexandre Lacazette

The Frenchman was seemingly on his was to Atletico Madrid this summer, but the clubs ban from FIFA was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last week, which means he could move to the Spanish capital, but would not be eligible to play for the club until January, missing the first half of the season which could effectively rule him out for France ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer. Lacazette was linked to United last week and has previously been a target for Arsenal and Liverpool. The player could opt to remain at Lyon for at least the first half of the season, moving to Atletico in January, but may find it easier to remain at Lyon for another year, fighting for his place in France’s World Cup squad, should they make next summer’s tournament. United will have other options, but two years ago, Lacazette was the many most United supporters were raving about if that means anything.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gabon international is rumoured to he heading to Paris Saint-Germain this summer with the player wanting to move to Real Madrid after Borussia Dortmund. The 27-year-old scored 31 goals in 32 matches during the past season, so he offers what United are looking for – goals. Aubameyang is a €70 million target for PSG but reports suggest that United could go head-to-head with the French club in the race to sign the once Manchester City target. Aubameyang would be a good signing, as would any striker who has the ability and potential to score the goals United need in order to put on a better challenge in the Premier League and beyond next season. The league was the main area where United fell short, drawing too many matches, especially at home. Whoever Jose Mourinho and United are looking for this summer, they will be a player who will add something the club have not currently got.

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