REPORT: Manchester United Eye Rabbi Matondo as Jadon Sancho Alternative

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Rabbi Matondo
Schalke's Welsh forward Rabbi Matondo reacts during the German first division Bundesliga football match Schalke 04 v Eintracht Frankfurt in Gelsenkirchen, on December 15, 2019. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) / DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

According to reports from Tashan Deniran-Alleyne of football.london, Manchester United have spotted an alternative for Jadon Sancho. Schalke’s Rabbi Matondo is being eyed as a potential target for the Red Devils in case they fail to secure the signing of Sancho who is valued at €100 million.

Manchester United Eye Rabbi Matondo as Jadon Sancho Alternative

Manchester Evening News’ Richard Fay recently revealed that United hold a positive stance regarding Mantondo. The Red Devils are keen to add the best homegrown talent to their squad. They view Matondo as a potential bargain buy similar to Daniel James last season.

Both the leading English sports outlets claim that the Matondo interest is clearly a backup plan. This is because Chelsea also have been eyeing to land Sancho in the coming transfer window.

Matondo’s English Connection

Like Sancho, Matondo is also a product of Manchester City‘s academy. He left City to join Schalke in the winter transfer window last year. He struggled to make the first team initially after his arrival last season.

But this season, Matondo has been one of the regulars for Schalke even at a tender age of 19. He has played 12 games for the German club in the Bundesliga and has scored one goal, with 16 shot-creating actions. These are great statistics for a player appearing in his first professional top tier competition.

Matondo is a close friend of Daniel James and loves the city of Manchester. This could lure the Welshman to make a return to England just after one year in Germany.

United’s Transfer Battle with Chelsea

Jadon Sancho has emerged as one of the best young football players in the world in the past two years. This has flared up the interest of European giants in the Englishman. But two clubs which are leading the race are Manchester United and Chelsea.

Though United seem ahead in the race, Chelsea’s overturn of their transfer ban has changed the dynamics of transfer in England. Now the Londoners are all in to splash some cash to bring some big names to Stamford Bridge.

Sancho has been a lifelong Chelsea fan and this could hand a huge boost to the Blues. If United activate a chase for Matondo, the battle for Sancho’s signature is surely going to be an entertaining transfer saga this summer.

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