Despite not being certain to spend any of the money raised in January, Manchester United is prepared for the mid-season departures of Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire. Club insiders have emphasized numerous times that January is a bad time to conduct business, and it is anticipated that any monies generated will likely be saved for the summer rather than bet on ineffective replacements.
Plans for January remain on hold despite the fact that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s anticipated entrance, who is offering £1.3 billion for 25% of the club, is expected to strengthen the organization.
After directly criticizing Erik ten Hag’s authority and integrity in response to remarks made regarding his training philosophy, Sancho appears to be on the move. Sancho called his manager a liar on social media and disregarded the advice of friends and more experienced players to back down.
The club hierarchy has no sympathy for the player who is earning £300,000 per week while languishing at the academy facility and is willing to write off some of the £73 million they spent on him in order to get rid of him.
Borussia Dortmund is considering whether to reinstate Sancho under these circumstances, but the German club is cautious that the player who tore up the Bundesliga with 114 goal contributions in 137 appearances has gotten worse since leaving them.
United also asks for a promise of a sale at the end of the campaign. West Ham’s interest from the summer has been rekindled as a result of Maguire’s desire to play regularly for the first team before England’s attempt to win the Euros in Germany next summer.
Maguire, for his part, denied any chance of a move to east London in the absence of a mutually beneficial arrangement between the teams. And with the Euros so close and Lisandro Martinez expected to be out until January, the expectation is that Maguire will stay and compete for first-team football at Old Trafford.
Marc Guehi of Crystal Palace is being pursued by United as a potential long-term replacement for Maguire, but the English defender is unlikely to switch teams in the middle of the campaign with the Euros still months away.
Additionally, Kobbie Mainoo’s anticipated comeback in defensive midfield and the potential arrival of Amad Diallo as a right winger later in the season might help United finish the season strong.