Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho amid his links to Manchester United.
Sancho has consistently been linked with the Red Devils for the past couple of years. He came close to joining them last summer.
Personal terms were agreed between Sancho and Man United but the club could not agree on a transfer fee with Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund have lowered their asking price for Sancho to around £86m. Man United have already placed a £75m offer.
The two clubs are now discussing potential bonuses to make up the remaining £11m.
SportBild have reported (as cited by Sport Witness) that Ferguson believes Sancho has “so much” potential:
“I think a lot of Jadon Sancho, with his one-on-one duels, as an assister and scorer, he is extremely dangerous,” Ferguson said.
“He has so much potential, he helps the team. That’s why he’ll be valuable to England over the course of the tournament.”
Elsewhere, former Man United man Luke Chadwick has suggested that Sancho should not have been United’s “priority” signing:
“Sancho is a hugely talented player, but would he have led Manchester United to the Premier League title last season? I don’t think so, not with the form that Manchester City showed in the end, but maybe it would’ve been a bit closer.
“In my opinion, it’s worked out quite well if they can agree a cheaper fee with Borussia Dortmund.
“For me, the priority would have been a number nine and a central defender, but if the opportunity comes up and you can get someone like Sancho, you’d be quite silly to turn it down.
“I’d imagine it rules out a move for Grealish – he’s obviously a different kind of player but I can’t imagine they’d sign someone in a similar position that Sancho plays in.
“I can’t imagine Grealish will be coming to Old Trafford now, it seems like it might be Manchester City for him and probably for Harry Kane as well. That only really leaves Haaland who’s obviously going to be extremely difficult to get in with the kind of fee he’d command.
“They probably need to go for a centre-back now, though Lindelof had a great game last night, man of the match against Spain; he’s shown his worth again. Still, a more athletic player would be good… (Raphael) Varane unfortunately looks like he’s going to Paris Saint-Germain, I think he could’ve been a perfect signing for Man United.
“Now we just need to see what else is out there on the market. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after the European Championships.”