£185m double deal sees Man Utd shelve two January transfers

Date published: Tuesday 19th November 2019 11:35

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United

Manchester United will shelve plans to sign Declan Rice and Mario Mandzukic if they can land Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland, according to reports.

The Red Devils have had a poor start to the season with only four wins from their opening 12 matches in the Premier League, leaving them sitting in seventh position.

United are meant to be looking at strengthening in the January transfer window with a striker understood to be top of their priorities.

Goal claims that Man Utd ‘are preparing to attempt to sign both’ Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho and Red Bull Salzburg striker Haaland in a double swoop that could cost them as much as £185million.

Sancho has endured a troublesome past couple of weeks, starting with him being dropped by Dortmund after returning late from international duty.

The winger was then replaced after 36 minutes in his side’s 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich and Goal adds that United reckon ‘there is a chance of securing a deal’ in January.

The Old Trafford club’s ‘exceptionally strong cash balance’ means they ‘do not need to refill their coffers before striking a deal that could cost around £100m’.

And that strong position means that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could also sanction a deal for Haaland, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly dispatched his ‘personal scout’ to monitor.

Goal add that a deal for the 19-year-old would set United back around £85million in January with the Norwegian then sent back to Salzburg for the remainder of the campaign.

United have also been heavily linked with moves for West Ham midfielder Rice and Juventus striker Mandzukic.

And Goal say there would be ‘immediate implications’ for those deals with Rice more likely to be considered in the summer, while they ‘will pass on Mandzukic’ if Haaland signs.


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