Manchester United will have the financial power to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer, despite concerns the coronavirus pandemic will ruin the transfer window, former Old Trafford ace Owen Hargreaves says.
United are ready for a busy summer transfer window, with Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirming he’ll back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
England international Sancho is a top target for the Red Devils.
It’s understood United are hoping to tempt the 20-year-old to join by offering him the iconic No. 7 shirt at Old Trafford.
United face competition for Sancho, with Chelsea and Real Madrid credited with interest in the winger.
However, Hargreaves says United can fend off their competition and make Sancho their marquee summer signing.
“I think Jadon is a special case,” Hargreaves said.
“Whoever gets him, the fees are going to be significant but that is a player for potentially a decade. So he walks into any of our great teams, our Man City’s, our Liverpool’s, even a Barcelona or a Real Madrid if he fancies it. His level is that good.
“I think you’ll see fees come down for sure. It’s going to impact football teams as well but I think the big ones, the Bayern Munich’s and the Man United’s, they are still going to have money to do what they want to do.
“Maybe not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality.”
Woodward has been vocal on United’s plans, with the Old Trafford chief revealing he’ll back Solskjaer in the transfer window.
“It’s always a top priority for us to strengthen the team and build on what Ole is very clearly achieving in terms of bringing us back to the top,” Woodward said. “But we’ve got to have clarity on what the future holds.
“What will happen with the remainder of this season? What is the impact on next season? Is it behind closed doors or in front of fans? What’s the impact on broadcast deals, sponsorship deals? What’s the impact on domestic cups? Etc, etc.
“There are many, many moving parts. It is not necessarily going to be business-as-usual for clubs this summer.
“It feels somewhat inappropriate to see speculation about transfers for hundreds of millions in current circumstances.
“There’s a big disconnect between those stories and the economic realities facing football clubs in general.
“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.”
Sancho and Dortmund will be back in action on Saturday when the Bundesliga returns.