Noni Madueke in training with PSV
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Borussia Dortmund are eyeing England under-21 winger Noni Madueke as a potential replacement for Jadon Sancho, with Manchester United expected to formally agree a deal with the Bundesliga club for Sancho this week.
Sancho, 21, is in line to become the third most expensive recruit in United’s history with the final fee expected to be worth at least £77.4 million.
The player is expected to sign a deal worth in excess of £250,000 a week with bonuses, although a medical is unlikely to happen until England’s involvement in the European Championships is over.
Dortmund are already preparing for life after Sancho and Madueke, the 19-year-old London-born winger currently playing for PSV Eindhoven in Holland, is thought to be high on their list of targets.
Madueke came through Tottenham Hotspur’s academy before leaving for PSV in 2019 and made his debut for England under-21s in March.
He scored nine goals in 31 appearances for the Dutch club last season and his performances have caught the eye of a number of leading European clubs.
Jadon Sancho is on the verge of joining Manchester United
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Manchester City had a 15 per cent sell-on clause on any profit made from Sancho’s future sale inserted in the deal that took him from the Etihad Stadium to Dortmund for £8m in 2017. As such, City could stand to net as much as £10.35m on the basis of a £77m fee.
Securing a deal early in the window for Sancho has been United’s priority, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to recruit another centre-half with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane a leading target and Pau Torres, of Villareal, also of interest.
United have also had an interest in West Ham United and England midfielder Declan Rice and Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Tripper, but there is a limit to what the club can spend this summer given the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
United would need to reduce their wage bill and bring in money through sales to stand any chance of being able to fund more than two big-money purchases.