Man Utd ‘could be offered’ Jadon Sancho escape route as Man City make key contract ‘decision’

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A look at two potential transfer developments, one for each of Manchester United and Manchester City.

Manchester United may be about to be offered an escape route from one of their biggest problems, while Manchester City have made a contract decision with one of their own players.

Jadon Sancho finds himself cast aside by United after falling out with head coach Erik ten Hag, who called out the winger for his lack of application during training prior to his side’s defeat to Arsenal before the international break. In response, Sancho claimed he had been ‘made a scapegoat’ for problems at Old Trafford, hitting back at his boss’s claims.

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A meeting has since been held, and with Sancho reportedly refusing to apologise, he has been told he must train seperately until he does.

In the meantime, United have lost again, this time at home to Brighton, and Ten Hag clearly has a lack of depth on the wings. There are now big questions over how the situation can be resolved. One option is for Sancho to be sold, although United would likely lose a significant chunk of their investment if that was to happen.

Sport claim Barcelona could be willing to make a move in the January transfer window, though it’s not clear in which capacity. A loan would be the most likely option given Barca’s lack of salary space on the back of signing Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo at the back-end of the window. Meanwhile, ther current group of wingers, including Lamine Yamal, Raphinha and Ferran Torres have been impressing, with Barca beating Real Betis 5-0 at home over the weekend.

Across Manchester, City are said to be delaying contract talks with Kevin De Bruyne due to the midfielder’s lengthy injury absence. De Bruyne is set for weeks on the sideline with a significant hamstring injury, and City have decided to pause talks until he is back, according to The Star.

The Belgian’s current deal runs until 2025, and he is currently 31 years of age, but De Bruyne remains a crucial part of Guardiola’s plans.

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