Man Utd may have made a big mistake in their transfer pursuit for Jadon Sancho
Manchester United may well have shot themselves in the foot with their strong transfer interest in Jadon Sancho, according to Mark Bosnich. After another impressive campaign at Borussia Dortmund, Sancho was bound to attract interest from clubs all over Europe.
The coronavirus pandemic though led to many elite clubs reviewing their finances for the summer transfer window.
That’s ultimately given United a free run at trying to sign Sancho this summer with no other club able to compete with Dortmund’s asking price.
The Red Devils had been locked in negotiations with Dortmund for weeks, trying to thrash out a deal before the German side flew out for pre-season training on August 10.
United reportedly deemed the deadline to be nothing but a negotiation tactic but, since that date has passed, Dortmund have now insisted the England international will not be sold this summer.
Ed Woodward may well keep trying to test Dortmund’s resolve up until the transfer window closes in October.
But Bosnich suggests United should have been looking at alternatives sooner to give them a stronger position in negotiations.
However, the former United goalkeeper doesn’t think not signing Sancho would be bad news for his old club.
“I don’t think they have to sign him,” Bosnich told Sky Sports.
“It would be far better if they did, put it that way.
“When you’re trying to purchase a player, if you make it out too much that he is the only option and if he doesn’t come here then there will be no-one else, then his personal price and the price from the selling club tends to go up.
“So I think it’s always important that you have many options, and he may be the number one option but if the price is not right and if both parties are not happy for whatever that reason may be, then they’re going to have to look elsewhere.
“I’d personally love to sign him, he’s a fantastic player, but sometimes you don’t get exactly who you want – you get somebody else.
“But sometimes that player that you get, the second or third choice, may end up being an absolute star for the club.
“You don’t really quite know. There’s no real true guarantee that whoever you sign is going to be right up there.”
United’s season was brought to an end on Sunday following a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will now embark on a short summer break before beginning pre-season training with the Premier League campaign beginning in less than a month.