Manchester United are interested
in signing Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, but they face plenty of
competition for his signature.
and Chelsea are two rival clubs that have been linked with the
19-year-old, who has 14 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga this
No other youngster in European football can compete in terms of output, but there are plenty of other talented alternatives.
are five other options that United could take a look at if they miss
out on Sancho amid the transfer chaos which could ensue this summer.
Martin Odegaard and Alexander Isak, 22-year-old Spanish international
Mikel Oyarzabal helps make up a Real Sociedad that are garnering a
reputation as the most exciting young side in La Liga.
operating from the left side of their forward line, Oyarzabal is an
intelligent mover and creative presence. He’s got extensive experience
after first breaking through as a teenager in 2015.
his fifth full season as a senior player, he’s made over 180 appearances
and is on for his best campaign yet in terms of direct output with
eight goals and six assists so far.
20-year-old isn’t quite like-for-like in terms of position as Sancho,
often operating from central midfield, but he’s versatile and can play
further forward and is in excellent individual form of late.
has scored five goals and registered five assists in his last eight
appearances in all competitions. His numbers don’t quite stack up
against Sancho’s, but he’s another of the Bundesliga’s best young stars.
Ukraine international Tsyhankov has previously been linked with
Tottenham and will surely be a frequent fixture of the gossip columns
A vital player as Andriy Shevchenko’s national
team finished ahead of Portugal in Euros qualifying, the 22-year-old
attacking midfielder is similarly dangerous at club level. He scored 18
goals in 31 Ukrainian Premier League appearances last season, earning
the Player Of The Season award.
With Euro 2020 postponed,
the Dynamo Kyiv man won’t have a chance to break through to a wider
audience as he’s been threatening to, which could be an advantage for a
club looking to make a canny investment.
have shown the value of getting relegated players on a cut-price deal,
with Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle and Andy Robertson from Hull
City playing key roles in recent years.
With Norwich bottom
and likely for the drop, Emiliano Buendia could be one to keep an eye
on. The Argentinian has registered seven assists for the Canaries this
season, but has recently faced criticism from Daniel Farke for failing
But it’s in his underlying stats where he really
excels. Only Kevin De Bruyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Maddison
have created more chances than Buendia this season.
a decade older than Sancho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be
understandably reticent to see the club invest in a 30-year-old after
getting stung in recent years.
But he’s also seen the
benefits of bringing in a player at the very top of their game in the
Portuguese top flight, as evidenced by the impact made by Bruno
Benfica’s Pizzi could certainly help bolster
their attack, with a career-best 14 goals from 24 appearances in the
league this season, and a further five in European competition.