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Jadon Sancho has been compared to Paul Pogba as he prepares to make his move to Manchester United this summer.
It comes after a fee was agreed with Borussia Dortmund in the region of £73m that will see the long transfer saga reach a conclusion soon.
The England international, currently with his nation at Euro 2020, has already put pen to paper over a five-year contract that will see him tied to Old Trafford until 2026.
The 21-year-old will become one of the top earners at Old Trafford, jumping ahead of the likes of Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.
Jadon Sancho looks set to join Manchester United after Euro 2020
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But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be over the moon to secure the signing of Sancho, while club legend Rio Ferdinand has insisted the forward is much like Pogba.
That is because, much like the Frenchman, he decided to leave his boyhood club to find first-team football elsewhere rather than sign a new contract and take the money.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “I believe in Jadon Sancho.
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"Since he was a kid, he’s had hot press, high expectations, had the bravery to leave Man City and go abroad. Personality, character.
“He’s gone away and said, ‘listen, I’m not taking a new contract, I’m not waiting around. I’m going to Dortmund, I’m going to do my thing’.
“A bit like Pogba, when he left Man United and went to Juventus, he went there and won the Italian championship a few times.”
Jadon Sancho has been compared to Paul Pogba
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United are not slowing down in the transfer window, though, with several players being lined up.
Solskjaer is keen on signing a midfielder and a defender, with Eduardo Camavinga and Raphael Varane scouted.
But Ferdinand has insisted that the arrival of Sancho can freshen up United’s attack, saying: “We still need other parts. There’s other cogs we need still.
“On the right hand side, and the left hand side, we haven’t got a winger who goes on the outside. Who goes on the outside, and can cross the ball.
“That’s what you need. He can go both ways, plays with both feet, and on that right wing, as well as Mason’s done, and I’m a massive Mason Greenwood fan, out there, having a winger.
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United are set to sign Sancho this summer
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“This is Man United, always associate yourselves with wingers, always have done over the years.
"In our most successful times, there’s always been wide players who can go out there and cross the ball.
“Mason, he comes inside, he wants goals. It’s a good element, it’s an important aspect, but Jadon will give you both options, and for a full-back, terrible news.