Turin’s Focus on Midfield Reinforcements Could Impact United’s Pursuit of Sancho
In a potential hurdle for Manchester United’s transfer ambitions, Paul Pogba’s looming suspension might complicate the club’s plans in the upcoming January transfer window. Pogba, who has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons lately, faces the prospect of a lengthy ban after reportedly failing a drug test following Juventus’ victory against Udinese in August.
The French midfielder received a provisionally suspended ban in September, and a second positive test in October puts him at risk of a more severe punishment. As the January transfer window approaches, renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano suggests that Juventus is prioritizing the acquisition of midfield reinforcements, potentially impacting United’s transfer dealings.
This development could pose a setback for United, especially concerning winger Jadon Sancho, who was previously linked with a move to Juventus. Sancho’s relationship with manager Erik ten Hag soured after the player was publicly criticized for his training performances, leading to his exclusion from the squad that faced Arsenal in September.
Despite denying the manager’s claims, Sancho reportedly refused to apologize, resulting in his complete exclusion from the club’s first-team activities. With Sancho’s future at United hanging in the balance, earlier speculation about a January move to Juventus has been dismissed by Romano, citing concerns over Pogba’s potential suspension.
The 23-year-old Englishman, formerly a target for Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona, now faces an uncertain future, with his United career seemingly on the verge of conclusion. The situation adds complexity to United’s transfer strategy, leaving Sancho with limited options and potential suitors.
As Manchester United secured a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United in the recent Premier League fixture, manager Erik ten Hag, when asked about Sancho, cryptically remarked, “Everything has been said about him.” The statement reflects the strained relationship between the player and the club, setting the stage for a pivotal and challenging period in the upcoming transfer window.
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