'Jadon Sancho will join Manchester United this summer': Berbatov on why lure is too strong for £120m man

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Jadon Sancho will join Manchester United this summer – Dimitar Berbatov insists.

The Borussia Dortmund winger is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target when the transfer window opens – and leading figures within the German club are increasingly convinced he will end up at Old Trafford.

Chelsea are also in the race to sign him, while Liverpool are seen as potential buyers – but Berbatov is adamant the lure of United will be too much.

He said: “There's been a lot of talk about Jadon Sancho moving to Manchester United, in his case, because he's English and Man United are in for you, I don't think he will think twice about moving there.

“He has the quality, the pace, the goals and the assists to play for them. I'm sure he would like to continue in the national team as well and Gareth Southgate will watch him more if he is playing in the Premier League.”

United are ready to make Sancho the most expensive player in their history – paying upwards of £100m for the 20-year-old.

Solskjaer and Ed Woodward consider him the ideal fit for their revolution, with the iconic No7 shirt ready and waiting for his arrival.

Berbatov – a former United and Tottenham striker and now Betfair ambassador added: “He could be a great addition. He needs to step up, play, score and advance to the next stage of development.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is slowly, but surely, building up a team of young players with a mix of experience, and as we can see, it has been getting results, so it's good to see them moving in the right direction and if Sancho is next then it will be great for the team.”

Sancho was high on Solskjaer’s wanted list last summer, only for the former Manchester City starlet to refuse to push for a move.

A year on and United believe they represent a far more attractive proposition for the winger, who would have the opportunity to join a thrilling and youthful attack alongside Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

Solskjaer believes Sancho will solve United’s long-standing problem position on the right wing – and opted against making a move for Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, who is on his way to Chelsea at the end of the season.

While Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are also on United’s radar, Sancho is seen as their No.1 target and a perfect complement to their forward line.

Berbatov added: “For me, if they get him he is going to be a great addition, but I'm curious to see how they would line up.

“United have: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood and possibly Sancho next season. Even though you want that competition for young players it could be tricky to see them all playing at the same time.

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“If he is going to move somewhere else, he needs to know that he is going to play regularly, there is no point going somewhere else and not playing as much as you want. Ultimately, it is down to you, when you get the chance to show you can play, you have to take it and show what you can do.

“Also, when you play abroad you always want to go back to your home country. When that happens to be England and the Premier League, you're going to jump at the chance if the right team comes in for you.”

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