Manchester United have a win-win transfer ploy with Jadon Sancho and Dean Henderson
Manchester United are remain firmly focused on signing Borussia Dortmund superstar Jadon Sancho.by Marcus Banks, https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/authors/marcus-banks/
Football is back in some capacity at last after Bundesliga games were televised on English shores over the last two weeks.
While Manchester United eagerly await an update on the restart of Premier League action, the break from football allowed supporters to keep a close eye on one of their priority transfer targets - Jadon Sancho.
Sancho has been one of the Bundesliga's stand-out performers this year, netting 14 goals and registering 16 assists in just 21 league starts for Dortmund. The 20-year-old is now a regular in the senior England squad and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
It's no surprise that United have made signing Sancho a priority in the upcoming transfer window, whenever that might be. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to strengthen his forward line and the winger ticks every box. He is young, has bags of potential and has already showcased that he can make a difference in the final third as well as being home-grown.
Competition for his signature is likely to be fierce but MEN Sport understand Sancho has a preference to return to Manchester. Nevertheless, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome before Sancho can be presented as a United player.
The forward is likely to command a fee upwards of £100million and such a fee could now be considered unrealistic due to the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitted last month that the Reds are not immune to the effects of the global crisis and expects the transfer market to be much different as a result of the loss in revenues.
One strategy for clubs still looking to conduct business in the upcoming window is the idea of player exchanges and United could have the perfect solution in their quest to sign Sancho - Dean Henderson.
Henderson's two-year loan spell with Sheffield United will come to an end when the season is completed and the England international expects to return to Old Trafford to fight David de Gea for a starting berth. However, the Spaniard remains United's first-choice shot stopper and penned a new long-term contract in September suggesting he won't be leaving Old Trafford anytime soon.
United could opt to send Henderson out on loan again and Dortmund could be the ideal location.
Current Dortmund stopper Roman Burki has made the most errors leading to an opposition goal in the last three Bundesliga campaigns, costing the German side eight goals in his last 90 appearances. His most recent error came in a narrow 1-0 loss to rivals Bayern Munich meaning Dortmund could be open to the idea of Henderson joining. Burki has the worst save percentage in the division and has conceded the most goals in the top six.
The 23-year-old has been one of the top performers in the Premier League this season and would gain experience at a level higher than he's ever had before. Dortmund look likely to secure Champions League football for next season which would see Henderson be tested against some of the world's best players in a high-pressure environment.
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Furthermore, playing in a top side like Dortmund could prepare him for the new challenges he would face at Manchester United. Unlike Sheffield United, Dortmund and United are usually the team pressing forward searching for goals meaning Henderson could develop new areas of his game that could help him eventually step into De Gea's shoes.
The inclusion of Henderson in the deal for Sancho could drive Dortmund's asking price down and allow United to allocate transfer funds elsewhere as MEN Sport understand they are still focused on landing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa and Jude Bellingham from Birmingham.
If Solskjaer has no plans to instill Henderson as the new United no.1, including him in a deal for Sancho could be a win-win for both clubs.