Manchester United will not be able to afford to sign England duo Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho in the summer unless the financial impact of the global health crisis eases, according to the Guardian‘s Fabrizio Romano.
When asked whether the Red Devils were considering reviving their interest in the pair, the Italian journalist said it is not realistic for any club to spend so much money unless fans return to stadiums soon:
“With Manchester United it will depend on the situation with the pandemic. If again we can’t have people in stadiums, with clubs losing a lot of money … It’s a huge problem, so signing two big players like Sancho and Grealish would be really difficult, not just for Manchester United but others as well. Let’s hope the situation changes with fans in stadiums and a return to normality in football. If not, I don’t see big clubs moving for top targets for more than €100million.”
Supporters on Twitter feel United have to shell out on either Grealish or Sancho in order to improve their chances of winning trophies:
We need both
— 𝕵𝖆𝖈𝖔𝖇🔴 (@DonRxshyv3) January 28, 2021
That would be succession of transfer if we get those two. Rashy and antho positions need to be challenge. They’re undroppable atm! #mufc
— 𝚟𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚊𝚗 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚕 (@ben8477) January 29, 2021
All i want is Grealish in the summer mehn..idc if he costs a 100M
— Broken United fan (@Yaron_Salawu) January 29, 2021
We need greelish to replace Anthony Martial by using him on the left flank
— dauda gudeh kwaju (@DaudaGudeh) January 29, 2021
Sancho or nothing don’t need him
— Caden (@Caden_Woz1999) January 29, 2021
We dont have money Glazers took everything..
— Serdjan (@Serdjan45038202) January 28, 2021
Rather we sign Jadon Sancho tbh.. we’ve been needing a proper RW for years now. Much prefer Rashford on the left, and wouldn’t want to see him shifted to the right to fit Grealish left.
— MUFCPoni (@MufcPoni) January 28, 2021
We are Manchester United, whether it be difficult or not we have to get players like those in at all costs, and reap the rewards down the line..
— Lew (@JustLzw) January 29, 2021
A lot will depend on when clubs are able to have fans back inside grounds again. Deloitte’s Money League table for 2019/20 shows that United were already losing money at the end of last season when the health emergency hit.
The finances will have almost certainly gotten worse since then with the likelihood that almost all games will have to be played behind closed doors this campaign.