Date published: Friday 2nd October 2020 4:58
Jamie Redknapp is convinced that Manchester United will land their No1 transfer target Jadon Sancho by the end of deadline day.
United had a £91m bid for Sancho turned down by Borussia Dortmund earlier this week, and they have since been in dialogue with Barcelona over Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
The Red Devils are still hopeful of getting a Sancho deal done before the window shuts on Monday night, and Redknapp is sure they will.
“It hasn’t gone through yet but I think it will,” Sky Sports pundit Redknapp told the Pitch to Post preview podcast.
“You see certain transfers and it is ebbing that way. There’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and when Manchester United call, or any big club, there’s always a premium on players.
“Dortmund want to get as much as they can for someone like Jadon Sancho. I get that. But I think he’ll be a Manchester United player by the end of the window.”
United’s main focus transfer focus appears to have been on Sancho all summer, and Redknapp says adding competition to the frontline could be just what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need if they are to achieve success this season.
The former Liverpool and England midfielder believes there are merits to having players fight for positions.
He also believes United should move quickly to stop other European heavyweights making a move for Sancho in the future.
“I personally think if they didn’t sign Sancho in this window it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But if you can get him, of course you want quality around you,” he added.
“The beauty of Liverpool is the simplicity of every week, when everything’s right, you know what the front three is going to be: Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah. It’s easy for the manager to a certain extent.
“But at United, if you don’t bring another player in because you’ve got Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford… Solskjaer obviously feels that one of them isn’t quite right and he wants to bring in a player to maybe add some competition.
Sancho the game changer
“If he felt he had the front three and didn’t need Sancho he wouldn’t even be looking for him. But he’s a game changer.
“If you don’t sign him now who knows, he might end up going to Barcelona and you end up kicking yourself. I’m sure everyone would want him.
“There are times when you’ve got to pay up and go and buy a player, a big player. I know it’s a lot of money but it’s only in relation to when they signed Wayne Rooney, who was the best young player in the country, maybe one of the best in the world at the time. You had to pay top dollar for him and when you want to buy the best young players the premium is so high.
“But if you feel he’s going to make the difference for you, you’ve got to go and get him. It’s as simple as that. If that means upsetting a Martial or someone like that, well unlucky.
“Competition, at times, is what you need.”