Published On: Thu, Apr 30th, 2020

Man Utd criticised for Jadon Sancho transfer interest as Woodward urged to make decision | Football | Sport


Former Manchester United ace Paul Parker thinks Ed Woodward should change his mind over this summer’s transfer targets and snub and move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

United have been strongly linked with breaking their transfer record to capture the England international.

Sancho has been widely acknowledged as one of the hottest young properties in world football since his move to Dortmund from Manchester City three years ago.

The Red Devils are thought to be at the front of the queue to sign the 20-year-old when the transfer window reopens.

But Parker, who represented United for five years from 1991, thinks Woodward can bring in a higher calibre of player.

“Is Jadon Sancho worth the money that is being talked about? All people have seen is flashes in an England shirt, and all of a sudden they think he is the next best thing,” Parker told Eurosport.

“He is English, so we have to hype, hype, hype. I am not 100 per cent sure, given what I have seen. At the moment, I am just being honest, I am not 100 per cent sure about him.

“There are clubs like United who are willing to spend big money, but this sort of fee could leave them with egg on their face. £100m is a lot of money for a player that an English club have let go already.

“If you look at Paul Pogba, who United let go before, then having to spend an extortionate amount of money to bring him back – look how that has turned out, so far.

“On the playing side, it will be a risk. Let’s see what happens after all this (the coronavirus lockdown), as that will affect it.

“Agents are starting to get concerned about when they are going to start earning money again.

“People talk about the value of the player going down, it just remains to be seen which clubs will have enough money to spend this sort of cash. Let’s wait until footballs have been kicked and see.”

Meanwhile, Woodward recently explained that United will not spend beyond their means this summer.

He said: “It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team,” Woodward said.

“And build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top. But we’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds.

“Clearly, it’s true we are fortunate to be in a strong financial position compared to many clubs.

“But we are not immune from the financial impact of what this virus is doing.

“I would say that once we have that visibility of a path through the crisis and coming out of the other side to relative normality, then, of course, we aim to remain highly competitive in the market.

“As I said before and I’ve said this many times – we remain committed to backing Ole to win trophies. That’s our core objective as a club.”



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