Owen Hargreaves has told BT Sport after Manchester United reached the Europa League quarter-finals that he wants his old club to consider a move to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha this summer – as he believes the Old Trafford club need a right-sided winger, but Jadon Sancho is probably too expensive a target at a whopping £100million ahead of the window.
Sancho remains linked with the Premier League to numerous sides including Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. But United have spent enormous amounts of money in recent history, and they may find that they have to sign a player that is slightly cheaper than England international Sancho. Raphinha, 24, has starred in his first season in English football.
Joining Leeds from Rennes – where he played alongside France international Eduardo Camavinga, another player linked with the Premier League – Raphinha has had a hand in 12 goals during 27 Premier League appearances. Scoring six, the Brazilian has also created six, becoming a fan favourite at Elland Road during his first season with the Whites.
Speaking after United knocked Granada out of the Europa League on Thursday night, Hargreaves was discussing what United needed to compete for the Premier League title next season – and he named a number of positions before stating a right-winger was required but that Sancho might be too expensive. He suggested Raphinha as a cheaper alternative:
“I don’t think it’s realistic for Manchester United to win the Premier League next season,” Hargreaves told BT Sport, as per Football365. “They have to find a way to bridge that gap. You bridge that gap by getting another centre-back, getting a central midfielder, and getting a right winger. Jadon Sancho would be amazing. You think about Raphinha at Leeds and what he could do in this United team – there’s obviously levels, and you can’t always spend £100 million on a player.”