Jadon Sancho should snub a move to Manchester United this summer and instead wait for Liverpool or Chelsea to swoop in a year, according to Danny Murphy.
The Borussia Dortmund winger has been closely linked with a switch to Old Trafford but United missed the deadline imposed upon the deal by the German club.
Despite officials from BVB insisting that the transfer is now dead in the water, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have made the 20-year-old their top transfer priority and will push for a deal to be completed before the end of the transfer window in October.
Nevertheless, Murphy now believes that the former Manchester City youth may be better sitting on his options until next year.
“United are an attractive proposition, one of the biggest clubs in the world with a young and exciting team, but Sancho won’t be short of suitors in his career and he’ll be aware that in a year’s time, when football finances are a bit steadier, he may have a choice that also includes Liverpool, his ‘local’ team Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid,” Murphy wrote for the Daily Mail.
“It’s possible he may prefer to wait and weigh up his options after the Euros next summer rather than rocking the boat now by telling Dortmund he wants to leave.
“If that’s the case and United are fighting against an inflated fee and a player considering other options, they have a problem - and that’s without factoring in the agent fees that usually accompany a deal like this.
“Sancho is young and publicly respectful but his career to date indicates a player who knows his own mind and will have a say in his future. If his heart really is set on joining United, there are ways of letting all relevant parties aware.
“Whatever is beneficial for your career, you are going to try to make it happen. If United know that, I’d pay Dortmund the asking price even if I admire the principle of not being dictated to. Sancho’s value isn’t going to diminish.
“However, judging by what I’ve seen so far there is no rebellion from Sancho, which makes me sense he’s not desperate to move to United.”
Meanwhile, United are the last remaining Premier League club in Europe and will play their Europa League semi-final against Sevilla on Sunday.