Manchester United and Jadon Sancho both need to compromise to end nightmare

Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United loanee winger Jadon Sancho
Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United loanee winger Jadon Sancho -Credit:Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Manchester United have just one game remaining this season before full focus turns towards a busy summer.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is keen to herald a new era at Old Trafford, but without mass changes before the start of next season, it is difficult to see how this will be accomplished. Among the list of priorities is to cut the wage bill down, which means all but four players are in the shop window.

MEN Sport understands Andre Onana, Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo are the only squad members guaranteed to be staying next season. But, as the round-up of the media shows, compromises may need to be made to get this ball rolling.

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Sancho future update

A report in The Sun on Monday suggested that Sancho would not be handed a cut-price deal to return to Germany next season. It is understood that United will not accept an offer less than 75 percent of the figure they paid for the winger in 2021.

This means, should Borussia Dortmund wish to purchase the Englishman permanently, they will need to offer approximately £54m. Even if they do this, Sancho would need to be willing to take a pay cut to move back to his old club, as Dortmund cannot afford his £275,000 per week contract.

What MEN Sport says: Ultimately, what United need to do this summer is simple. They must compromise. Half a season of okay form and a couple of good Champions League performances does not constitute a £54m price tag and even if it did, there are very few clubs who would want to pay that when they know United are desperate to sell. The Reds cannot afford to keep Sancho especially if Ten Hag remains in the managerial hot seat so they must be open to dropping that fee. Likewise, for the good of his career, Sancho must be willing to take a pay cut. He can't afford to wilt in exile again next season so if Dortmund is his only escape route, he has to compromise.

Branthwaite headed for the exit

CaughtOffside reported this week that Everton have accepted that they are likely to lose Jarrad Branthwaite in the summer transfer window. The 21-year-old has enjoyed a good season for the Toffees and their ongoing financial difficulties mean they may have to sell.

It is believed Galatasaray's Davinson Sanchez has been identified as Branthwaite's replacement should he depart.

What MEN Sport says: Centre-back is one of the key positions Ratcliffe wants to strengthen in the summer and Branthwaite would prove to be an exciting signing. He is still a raw talent but at 21 he has the world at his feet and should he continue on his current trajectory, the sky is the limit. Financial Fair Play difficulties mean Everton could be open to a deal too so United could pick up one of those bargain signings which appeals so much to INEOS.