Manchester United have put their interest in a move for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho on hold as a result of Mason Greenwood’s rapid rise through their ranks, according to reports. The 20-time Premier League champions have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old winger for some time, but could be set to opt against a renewed approach for his services and instead turn their attention towards continuing Greenwood’s development.
United’s pursuit of Sancho has been well-documented over the last twelve months, with the club’s transfer chief Ed Woodward reportedly failing to agree a deal during the summer window as a result of Dortmund’s refusal to accept anything less than their £108million valuation of the player.
The Red Devils were rumoured to be considering another approach at the end of the current season, with the Bundesliga outfit in need of a big-money sale in order to address their deteriorating financial situation caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been suggested that Dortmund would be prepared to knock £20m off their asking price for Sancho if United go back in for his signature during the summer.
However, it appears as though they could end their chase for the winger and focus on shaping Greenwood into a world-class talent, according to The Athletic.
The report claims that United’s interest in Sancho has been shelved although they have not ruled out a move if the right opportunity arises.
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Greenwood’s versatility and high ceiling for improvement has convinced Woodward that he can prove to be a home-grown alternative to the England star.
The academy product has featured regularly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, scoring one goal and creating another in 19 Premier League appearances since the beginning of the campaign.
He was rewarded for his efforts last week with a bumper new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2025, with the option to extend for a further year.
Greenwood’s new deal reportedly includes a £30,000 increase to his weekly salary, which now stands at £75,000, with the youngster able to pick up around £100,000 per week upon earning performance-related bonuses.
Solskjaer is understood to be keen on the additions of a left-footed centre-back and a striker to United’s ranks as a matter of priority, which further hints at the club having changed their stance on Sancho.
The Norwegian boss waxed lyrical over Greenwood upon the announcement of the teenager’s new deal, claiming that he can be a hugely important player for the Red Devils in years to come.
“Mason is a fantastic talent and yet another fine example of the type of player that our academy produces,” Solskjaer told the club website.
“He has made great progress this season, showing real maturity and adaptability to his game, which has seen him develop into one of the best young players in the country.
“Whilst it is easy for people outside of the club to forget that Mason is just 19, it is our job as coaches to ensure he reaches his phenomenal potential and every step we take is to help him along that path.
“Mason is naturally gifted and has a brilliant attitude. We know how important he is going to be for Manchester United over the coming seasons.”
Greenwood has already made 84 senior appearances for United, averaging a goal every four games in all competitions.
He made his England debut in September during the Nations League victory over Iceland, replacing Tottenham striker Harry Kane with 12 minutes remaining in Reykjavik.