September 24, 2021 | Lucky number 7? Manchester United offer Jadon Sancho iconic shirt number


Jadon Sancho (PA/Supplied)

Jadon Sancho (PA/Supplied)

Manchester United have reportedly offered Borussia Dortmund
star Jadon Sancho the number seven shirt at Old Trafford as they look to secure
his services in the off-season.

United are growing increasingly confident of finally signing
Sancho in the summer transfer window. Having admired him ever since he played
for their rivals Manchester City, the Red Devils are ready to make their third
offer for him this summer.

United failed in bids to sign Sancho both in 2017 and 2019,
with the winger believing he had better chances of first-team football
elsewhere at the time.

But reports indicate that this year, they could finally get
their man. Borussia Dortmund could accept an initial fee of £60m for the
England winger.

That’s half of what the Bundesliga side were initially
demanding for Sancho. But Dortmund now believe they would be better off taking
a smaller sum up front and gaining enough in add-ons to take the fee closer to
£100 million.

Now, the move appears to have taken another step towards
completion. According to the Express, United have agreed to give Sancho the
iconic number seven shirt if he joins.

The number was made famous at United by the likes of George
Best, Bryon Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. And the
club believe it can inspire Sancho to his best levels as well.

Sancho already wears the number seven jersey for Dortmund,
for whom he provided 17 goals and 16 assists in the Bundesliga this season.

Ever since Ronaldo left for Real Madrid in 2009, no United
player has really lived up to the expectations of the number seven shirt.

The likes of Michael Owen, Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay,
while all good players, did not achieve their best standards wearing the number
at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia also wore it for one season but switched
back to the number 25 after an unproductive spell.

The most recent incumbent of the squad number was Alexis
Sanchez. However, the former Arsenal man has proven to be a flop for United.
They subsequently loaned him out to Inter Milan for this season.

Even if Sanchez returns to Old Trafford, they will give
Sancho his old number instead.

– TEAMtalk media

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