Already proving to be Europe’s top summer transfer story, the battle to land Jadon Sancho only wages on as Manchester United have made it clear that the Borussia Dortmund ace is their number one target over the coming months.
However, while The Metro might still be reporting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remain confident of striking a deal with the German giants, United have passed the August 10th deadline that Dortmund had set if they were to strike a £108million deal.
With Sancho also making it clear that he is happy at Dortmund and still with the BVB squad on their pre-season tour, the Old Trafford hierarchy could be turning their attention elsewhere.
If the former Premier League champions are unable to lure Sancho away from rural Germany this summer, who are the three other alternatives that Solskear could be looking at?
Douglas Costa – Juventus
With Solskjaer making it clear that he intends to strengthen his attacking options after his side crashed out of the Europa League semi-final against Sevilla last week, it is being reported that Manchester United have identified Douglas Costa as a possible target this summer.
Desperate to add some competition to the attacking trio of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood over the coming months, the 29-year-old Brazilian offers a host of experience and would certainly be an exciting addition as United prepare for life back in the Champions League.
Enjoying three successful years with the Italian heavyweights after making the move from Bayern Munich back in 2017, The Metro are reporting that Juventus have put an £18million price tag on Costa, something that fans around Old Trafford would consider quite the bargain.
Falling out of favor with the newly-crowned Serie A champions, the former Shakhtar Donetsk winger could be seeking a change of scenery before next season quickly comes around.
With Maurizio Sarri given his marching orders after just a season in Turin and it expected that both Gonzalo Higuaín Sami Khedira will be on their way out of the Allianz, new boss Andrea Pirlo is expected to undergo a real squad overhaul this summer.
Kingsley Coman – Bayern Munich
While Bayern Munich might have made it clear earlier in the month that they have no intention of allowing Kingsley Coman to leave this summer, Manchester United have remained a long-term admirer of the French forward and stranger things have happened.
Despite featuring in what has quickly turned into a Champions League romp for the Bavarians since returning from football’s enforced break, the 24-year-old has had to settle for a place among the substitutes with Hans-Dieter Flick opting to go for Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perisic.
Already collecting a string of silverware including domestic crowns with PSG, Juventus and Bayer Munich, Coman currently has three years remaining on his deal in Germany and United will be seeking a loan deal with their Sancho raid fails.
With it also being reported that Coman is open to the idea of a Premier League switch this summer, his decision might have been made up by the arrival of club-record signing Leroy Sane last month.
Managing just four Bundesliga goals this season and watching Bayern pay £54.8million for the now-former Manchester City winger, Coman knows that his game time could become even more limited in Germany next year, something he is reportedly not best pleased about.
David Brooks – Bournemouth
Only one-year on from bringing in Daniel James from Swansea in a deal that shocked many across the Premier League, Manchester Evening News are reporting that United are closely monitoring David Brooks’ situation at the Vitality.
A fully-fledged Wales international much likes James, Solskear has been keen to bring English talent through at Old Trafford after already bringing in the likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Despite missing the first half of the campaign due to an ankle injury, the 23-year-old previously caught Solskear’s eye in Bournemouth’s 4-1 defeat at United in December 2018.
With Bournemouth sacrificing their top-flight status and now planning for life back in the Championship, the Red Devils could be able to secure the former Sheffield United starlet for a cut-price deal this summer and are now priced at 11/8 with Betfair to clinch his signature.
Expected to extend on his stay in the Premier League over the coming months, United could face some stiff competition if they’re serious about having Brooks as their Sancho replacement.
Bournemouth’s MVP has remained linked with the likes of Tottenham, Everton, West Ham and even newly-crowned champions Liverpool.
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