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Manchester United identify cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho

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Manchester United identified Sporting Lisbon winger Pedro Goncalves as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils are likely to be on the hunt for a right winger this summer after missing Sancho last year. However, they could no longer pursue the England international.

Borussia Dortmund wanted £ 108million for Sancho last summer and is expected to sell him for around £ 90million this summer. It’s still a pretty steep fee, so Manchester United will be looking to sign Goncalves instead for almost half of those fees.

Goncalves has a £ 51.7million release clause in his contract according to Daily mail, so Sporting will be powerless to prevent him from leaving if his clause is triggered.

Pedro Goncalves’ versatility will be a boost for Manchester United

The Red Devils have made good progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and are currently second in the Premier League. However, the gap between them and Manchester City is still 14 points at the moment.

Solskjaer needs a few more signings to make Manchester United serious title contenders and close the gap to Manchester City next season.

Goncalves has had a big impact at Sporting Lisbon this season and has the ability to replicate what Bruno Fernandes is currently doing at Manchester United.

The 22-year-old has been in great shape for Sporting this season, having scored 15 La Liga NOS goals so far. Most of his appearances have come on the right wing, but he can also play a more central attacking midfielder role.

Manchester United don’t have to go after Sancho as Goncalves can do a pretty good job if he can sign him. The emergence of exciting Amad Diallo could also give Solskjaer an additional option next season.

Diallo finally made his Manchester United debut against AC Milan, and managed to give him a shine with a brilliantly captured goal.

If they can sign the versatile Goncalves for his release clause, United will avoid burning a hole in their coffers and have funds to invest in other areas.

Posted on March 17, 2021 at 6:27 PM IST


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