English Premiership

Man Utd line up Barca winger as potential Jadon Sancho alternative

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)

Manchester United will reportedly consider a move for Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele if the hunt for Jadon Sancho fails to deliver results.

The highly-rated Borussia Dortmund winger, who remains the club’s top target, is likely to cost United over £100million.

However, a shortlist of other cheaper alternatives is said to include Dembele.

The Athletic reports the 23-year-old may not move to Old Trafford, with Dortmund standing firm over their valuation of Sancho. Although a report on Sunday claimed that they would be willing to compromise over the fee.

United stretched their unbeaten streak to 17 games after defeating Aston Villa on Thursday evening. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to add reinforcements to this squad to challenge for the title next season.

It is claimed that Solskjaer is keen to recruit at least one central midfielder and a winger at the end of the season.

Reports in Germany also recently suggested a firm deadline of August 10 has been put in place for United to sign Sancho.

But the Mail on Sunday claims that Dembele could prove a shrewd addition, and is likely to cost considerably less than Sancho.

The former Rennes star, who also played for Dortmund between 2016 and 2017, has endured an injury-hit season.

He has been ruled out for the foreseeable future, after making just nine appearances this season.

However, Dembele remains a massive talent who could be available at a fraction of Sancho's price. That would allow United to spend the money saved on other areas of the team.

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