Manchester United target Jadon Sancho played a role in Angel Gomes quitting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, reports have claimed. The Borussia Dortmund star is the Red Devils’ top target. And it appears Gomes was aware of their interest in the England international when he quit Old Trafford in June.
Manchester United had high hopes for Gomes, with the playmaker making his debut when he was just 16 during Jose Mourinho’s time in charge.
But the playmaker quit Old Trafford in June after making just five Premier League appearances under Solskjaer this season.
Chelsea and Barcelona have both been linked yet neither have made a move for the free agent just yet.
And the Manchester Evening News say United’s longing for Sancho partly convinced Gomes to run down his contract and leave on a free.
The pair have supposedly struck up a good rapport over the years, with both players raised in London before making a move up north.
And it appears that United’s interest in Sancho was known to Gomes and led to the 19-year-old seeking a new challenge elsewhere.
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Meanwhile, Sky Sports reporter James Cooper opened up on Gomes’ departure last month and claimed the player had a contract on the table for a ‘long period of time.’
“United wanted Gomes to continue his development and fulfil the potential that saw him win the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award in 2017 and become the first player born in the 21st century to play for the club in the Premier League,” he said.
“I guess that begs the question, then, why a career that started at United for Gomes as a five-year-old in 2006 has come to an end this week? The answer probably has many strands to it.
“There was a deal on the table from Manchester United for a long period of time and after signing up other youngsters recently, it was hoped that Gomes would follow suit by putting pen to paper.
“But the numbers didn’t add up for the 19-year-old and his advisors.
“Solskjaer became irked at the frequency of questions about Gomes’ future in recent days, partly because no progress had been made on agreeing a deal and also because he wanted to retain the player in his first-team squad.
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“I know some Manchester United fans are gnashing their teeth at the departure of a player who was lauded throughout his academy years and was someone they had high hopes for but, his time on the pitch perhaps didn’t add up either.
“We’re talking about a player who’s spent 14 years in the system at Carrington, who celebrates his 20th birthday on August 31, yet hasn’t made a Premier League start with just five appearances from the bench.
“Of course, United themselves are aware that perhaps it doesn’t send out the right message that someone spoken of in such glowing terms and steeped in the club’s DNA has walked away.
“Especially when the foundations are built on young, exciting talent. But it’s also true that other players have properly grasped the opportunities given to them.”
Regarding Sancho, Cooper recently claimed United were thinking ‘creatively’ about the deal.
“He’s the club’s No 1 target for the position that requires premium strengthening on the right flank of the attack,” he said.
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“Though he could play anywhere across the front-line in a way that Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have all done from time to time especially during the post-lockdown games.
“The jostling has already started in earnest with Manchester United convinced the player would like to come to Old Trafford but at 20 years of age, Borussia Dortmund know they have an asset that will only grow in value so are aiming to strike a deal that reflects that.
“Ultimately, it’ll be about structuring things in the right way to get the transfer done and while it’ll probably mean United paying more than they want to, something that seems to be a transfer window tradition, there will need be some financial prudency – all indications are that this won’t be the summer of blank cheques.
“Just the fact that the shortlist for the position includes someone of the quality of Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman as a possible loan target, in case a Sancho deal doesn’t materialise, illustrates that Manchester United are prepared to think more creatively especially as Dortmund could be in a far weaker position next summer if they don’t want to play ball in the next few weeks.
“It’s also worth a reminder that the purchase of Bruno Fernandes, perhaps the defining moment in the resurgence of Solskjaer’s squad, was summer transfer business brought forward and Ed Woodward will be delighted by his impact and the decision to spend when resources were more abundant.”
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