Monday August 10 2020
Man Utd lose Sancho, turn to Chiesa

After Borussia Dortmund announced Jadon Sancho is staying, Manchester United turn to other targets, including Federico Chiesa and Douglas Costa.

Sancho was their number one target, but this afternoon Dortmund director Michael Zorc made his position very clear.

“We plan on having Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions. Last summer we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So, in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then.”

This means Manchester United have to look elsewhere for an attacking right-sided winger and could turn their focus to Serie A.

Italy international Chiesa is 22 years old, so not far off Sancho’s 20, and can play in a variety of positions.

He is on the market, but Fiorentina made it clear they will only sell for the right price, believed to be in the region of €60-70m.

That is again considerably less than the over €100m requested for Sancho.

Despite the Viola struggling this term, Chiesa still scored 11 goals with nine assists in 37 competitive games between Serie A and the Coppa Italia.

A more experienced alternative, as named by the Daily Mail and Sun newspapers, is Douglas Costa, who turns 30 next month.

The Brazilian is not part of Juventus plans for the future and has also been linked with Manchester City.

He is too injury-prone for the Bianconeri to continue investing in and would be available for €30-40m.

Douglas Costa contributed three goals and seven assists in 29 official matches for Juve this season.

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