Manchester United will soon complete the £72.9m signing of Jadon Sancho having struck an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.
An announcement to confirm the transfer is scheduled for this week following lengthy negotiations that begun last summer.
Dortmund will receive Sancho’s fee in five instalments despite selling him for considerably less than the £108m they demanded for the winger last year.
The financial affects of Covid have been a key reason behind that as they, as well as other clubs, count the cost of the pandemic.
Sancho arrived at United’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday for a medical and after that posed for photos ahead of his unveiling, reports the MEN.
The winger helped England reach the final of Euro 2020 and is now set for a three weeks breaking before he reports for training.
It means his first United game could be their final pre-season friendly against Everton on August 7 as he enjoys an extended break.
A week later Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will begin their season with a game against Leeds at Old Trafford.
Sancho will help bolster an attack that already features the likes of Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes.
United made efforts to sign the 21-year-old last summer but Dortmund dug their heels in and managed to retain the player.
It topped off what was a poor few months of recruitment at Old Trafford and no doubt influenced their poor start to the campaign.
Now though, following a second place finish in the Premier League, United are determined to build on such momentum and end a trophy drought that dates back to 2017.
Tom Heaton has already joined on a free from Aston Villa, having previously spent time at United.
Raphael Varane is also of interest as the Red Devils close in on personal terms with the Real Madrid centre-half, although a fee still needs to be agreed.
Solskjaer has already spoken about the need to start fast in the coming months and accepts that improvements were needed.
“We all need to start on the front foot and kick off at the right tempo because, when the season starts, we know how little can decide the season being a successful one or not so successful,” he said.
“We’ve got to look at pre-season and start the season better than we did last season.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb as it was a difficult start. Hopefully, this year, we’ve cracked the gradual improvement.
“It’s building and improving. Of course we need to improve on a few things.”
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