Manchester United is reported to have bowed out on their bid t get the services of two English stars Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund and Declan Rice of Westham whom they had targeted this summer signing.
United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had identified the pair as major targets as he eyes up a massive squad overhaul at Old Trafford following their sixth-placed finish that threw their UEFA qualifications into the air after a poor season-ending record.
The West Ham star Rice, 20, has flourished under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini where he has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top prospects that have also seen him geta national duty call up by coach Southgate.
The Red Devils have also been keen on snaring Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund, though the Bundesliga side is reluctant to sell the 19-year-old winger.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed last month that it could not be assumed that Jadon will not play more than ten years at Dortmund but the two had clear agreements about the present.
“Jadon is not on the market and plays next season guaranteed at Borussia Dortmund.”
According to the Evening Standard, United have now given up on trying to sign the pair, with Solskjaer “reluctantly accepting” they are out of his grasp.
Rice only signed a new long-term deal at the London Stadium in December, while Sancho looks set to stay at Signal Iduna Park for at least another season.
At 2:45 PM ET, Jadon Sancho, and England take on the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League! 🌍⚽️
Could we see more of this 🔥 today?
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) June 6, 2019
United are closing in on the signing of Welsh international, 21-year-old winger Daniel James from Swansea for £18m who completed his medical at Carrington on Thursday, with the player set to earn a staggering 16 times more at the Theatre of Dreams than at the Liberty.