Manchester United have reportedly identified Kingsley Coman as a fall-back option if they are unable to sign Jadon Sancho this summer.
According to a report by London Evening Standard, Manchester United are keeping their options open in case they are unable to swoop Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window. To that end, Kingsley Coman has emerged as an option, with United likely to make a loan move in such a scenario.
Kingsley Coman has enjoy a highly illustrious career despite being all of 24. Bred in success, the French winger has won a league title in each of the last 8 seasons, among other honours. While at Bayern Munich, he has amassed over 150 appearances, progressing considerably since joining from Juventus as a promising attacker.
However, the player’s position at the Allianz Arena has suffered after a frustrating season, when he was blighted with injuries again. Furthermore, the arrival of Leroy Sane from Manchester City is threatening to send him down the pecking order. At risk of becoming a rotation option, Coman’s uncertain state at Bayern has alerted Manchester United.
It is common knowledge that Jadon Sancho is the priority for Manchester United this summer. In fact, the Red Devils have been trying to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over a big-money move for the English international for quite some time now, with personal terms believed to be a formality.
However, the transfer fee is proving to be a huge stumbling block, with the two clubs far from being in agreement yet. This week, Dortmund have looked to strengthen their position, with the German outfit’s sporting director Michael Zorc insisting that Sancho is not going anywhere. This update contradicts recent claims that Manchester United are highly likely to sign Sancho.
“Last summer we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then.” pic.twitter.com/m2emQ4pedg
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) August 10, 2020
With the 20-year-old far from being a certain signing, United do need to keep their options open. As a result, Coman is now being viewed as a possible fall-back choice for Manchester United in case they are unable to secure the services of Sancho this summer.
The report suggests that the Premier League heavyweights will only look to sign Coman on loan, indicating that they definitely hope to sign Sancho next summer, if not this. Bayern Munich, though, would prefer selling the Frenchman, which again poses a problem for Manchester United.
However, the fact that a move for Coman could be made is a positive, seeing as it is not a Sancho or bust option for Manchester United. What now remains to be seen is if United are able to land Sancho this summer, or if they are forced to turn their attention towards Coman.