Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes that Manchester United should forget about a move for Jadon Sancho and instead spend £100million on Harry Kane.
United have been heavily linked with a move for Sancho with Borussia Dortmund reportedly determined to keep hold of the England international.
The Bundesliga giants believe they will be in a strong position to negotiate an even bigger fee than their current £108million asking price next summer, should the 20-year-old pick up next season where he left off along with the hope that the financial impact of COVID-19 is lifted (The Sun).
Merson has claimed that United should forget about the ongoing Sancho saga and look to prise Kane away from Tottenham to help turn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into Premier League title contenders.
Kane has previously admitted in an Instagram live interview with Jamie Redknapp that he could leave North London in the future if the club fail to meet his ambitions (Evening Standard).
Merson told the StarSport: ‘With Sancho, it’s a transfer saga that’s dragging on now, and I keep on weighing it up thinking: “Is this what United really need?” ‘They’ve got Mason Greenwood, who’s going to be a star. Marcus Rashford is only going to get better and better. ‘But while Anthony Martial lets nobody down, I think they need an out and out centre forward. ‘With Sancho, where is everyone going to play? Do they leave Greenwood out?
‘I just think with £100m, why don’t you go and get Kane from Tottenham?’ Merson added: ‘Over 38 games, Harry Kane will score more goals for you than Sancho. ‘I think they have a chance of winning the Premier League if he goes there. Would he go? You’d have to ask serious questions of him if he didn’t! ‘Winning trophies is the name of the game and he has a much better chance of doing that at United than Spurs.
‘Sancho is a great player. But where do you play him? He’s another winger and they are already strong there. It’s at centre forward where they need help. ‘Don’t get me wrong, Sancho would be a great signing for them. He suits their style of play and he would be successful there. ‘But I don’t give them any chance of winning the league if they spend all their money on him. For me they need a striker.’
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