Jadon Sancho has been Manchester United’s top summer destination for two years, to no avail.

More than ever, Sancho is an achievable goal this summer.

The German Sport1 report Borussia Dortmund is ready to let it depart for a fee between 85 and 90 million euros, depending on whether the club qualifies for the Europa League or the Champions League.

That works out between £ 73 million and £ 78 million. A real bargain.

Only a club as incompetent in the transfer market as United could potentially blow it up. And that’s where worry comes in.

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competition

Despite United’s longstanding interest, there will be additional applicants for Sancho’s signature.

Sport1 report Chelsea are the top ranked and most likely team to face United and that should be cause for concern.

Chelsea are incredibly efficient in the transfer market. Last summer they had made a number of deals before United even got one.

It should be really worrying that if Chelsea really want Sancho they will just get him, while United, as usual, is wasting time on a protracted saga.

This summer calls for a change of pace from United who must act quickly to take control of the situation.

A repeat of 2012?

Under the leadership of the new manager Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea has disrupted the chances of the Champions League final.

If they can win the trophy, they are far more attractive to potential signings as they can market themselves as “Champions League winners”.

In 2012, that was enough to influence Eden Hazard, who had been lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson [BBC] after a strong season with Lille.

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Thanks to their success in the Champions League (Chelsea didn’t qualify for the competition until the next season because they won it), the Blues were able to swing the race for the Belgian despite Fergie trying to persuade him to join [ESPN].

United are leading the way for Sancho, but nine years later. Couldn’t you see a scenario where Chelsea beat City the next month and then hit Dortmund’s asking price days later?

This would be a disaster for United, so there can be no complacency about the contest for Sancho’s signature.

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