New targets! Have Man Utd given up on signing Jadon Sancho?

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Padraig Whelan

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Manchester United are unlikely to renew their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho as they look to other areas in the summer transfer window.

The soap opera surrounding the England international and United dragged on for much of last summer but, with BVB’s asking price unmet, the winger stayed put in Germany.

The Athletic report on Monday that United’s interest in Sancho has cooled considerably and they have put any move for him on hold.

Although the story states that they will continue to monitor his situation and could move should the right deal arise, they are instead focusing on strengthening other departments.

The main reason for the change in attitude is said to be the continued rise of teenage forward Mason Greenwood, who penned a bumper new contract at Old Trafford last week.

His versatility and importance to the club mean that Sancho is no longer viewed as a priority and that is not a deal they will attempt this summer, barring a big change in circumstances.

Finances have also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and a large spending spree is unlikely, with United instead eager to focus on strengthening areas of greater need.

Those, specifically, are additions at centre-back and striker.

United are likely to make a major-money move for one of those areas and then opt for a lower cost, developing player in the other.