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are reportedly keen on signing Dwight McNeil from Burnley but a move is unlikely to materialise if they do indeed land Jadon Sancho. The England Under-21 international has become a regular at Turf Moor under Sean Dyche and is also attracting interest from Leicester, Wolves, AC Milan and Juventus.
The 20-year-old featured in all 38 Premier League matches this season for the Clarets and has caught the eye with his pinpoint crossing ability.
McNeil has been forced to deal with set-backs throughout his youth career having failed to make the grade at Manchester United.
His dream of making the first team were in tatters at the age of 14, when he was released by the club’s academy.
He then completed a move to Lancashire neighbours Burnley where his determination was rewarded.
The Red Devils are said to be finalising agent salary and fees before submitting an official bid for the England international.
They have already agreed personal terms and a five-year deal with the player.
Douglas Costa and Bournemouth’s David Brooks are among the other potential alternatives alongside McNeil.
Bild’s German football expert Christian Falk claims Sancho still wants to join United, despite negotiations going quiet.
He told The Beautiful Game Podcast: “It’s important for United fans to know that he still wants to go to Manchester United.
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“It’s just a question of money, if they pay €120million I think it’s a crazy amount of money during this time.
“I know Ed Woodward gets plenty of pressure from the fans, perhaps he has to pay it. I think that many people didn’t know that also Sancho signed a contract secretly which is one year more. For Dortmund there is no need to sell him now, they get the price next year also.”
It appears Sancho may have to hand in a transfer request to get his wish but that is unlikely given that he signed a new contract last season to keep him at the club until 2023.
“Dortmund knows there is quite a promise, if a club bring the price and pay the €120million he can leave,” Falk added.
“He’s already agreed to United so there are not any other clubs in for him. Of course it’s always a risk to wait one year more because you know what is happening with Manchester City.
“I know also that Bayern Munich wanted to get Sancho when he was going to Dortmund, Sancho said no.”
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