Perhaps we need to add another name to our list of Premier League transfer targets to watch this weekend in the Bundesliga.
It takes only a modicum of effort — it doesn’t even have to be intentional — in the hunting of transfer rumors to find stories of Manchester United chasing Jadon Sancho.
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The former Man City prospect who is shining for Borussia Dortmund has been mentioned as the club’s priority for months upon months, even as every other Premier League club and several outside England have been linked with the 20-year-old.
Well, The Manchester Evening News says that United has a back-up plan in place should Sancho be convinced to stay in Dortmund or choose a new home.
That comes in the form of Rabbi Matondo of Dortmund’s rival Schalke, a Cardiff City youth product who spent time in Man City’s academy before moving to Germany.
The 19-year-old Welshman will cost significantly less than Sancho, as he carries less of a resume (Not all teens catch fire at all, let alone like Sancho).
Matondo has a goal in 609 minutes for Schalke this season after breaking into the first team last season. Thrice-capped by Wales, Matondo is compared to international teammate Daniel James.
Wales coach Ryan Giggs gave United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer glowing scouting reports on James and has named Matondo in all of his squads since the teenager’s first call-up in November 18. United have also expressed interest in Swansea and Wales centre-back Joe Rodon.
Giggs better be getting a finders’ fee from the agents and the club.
Remember as with all Manchester United transfer links: When you’re a spender or speculated spender, rumors are often thrown at a wall with the hopes of sticking.
But this report comes from MEN reporter Richard Fay and has plenty of meat in the details. United has been taking chances on younger players in recent years, like James, and this does seem to fit their M.O. under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.