England centre-back Harry Maguire has confessed he is excited by the prospect of linking up with Jadon Sancho at Manchester United.
United have struck a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign Sancho for £72.9m, with only a medical and his signature on a pre-agreed contract missing.
The deal is expected to be finalised once England’s Euro 2020 journey comes to a close, and speaking ahead of the Three Lions’ semi-final against Denmark, Maguire admitted the chance to play alongside someone like Sancho at club level is exciting.
“Jadon is a top player, exceptional talent, a young lad with a lot of experience,” said Maguire (via Sky Sports News). “His numbers speak for themselves, what he has done over in Germany. He is a great player.
“I don’t think it’s done yet. We can’t confirm he is a Manchester United player, I know it is close but he is still a Dortmund player as it stands. Of course, it is exciting times ahead and hopefully we will get it across the line.”
With the Sancho deal all but done, United have turned their attention to signing a centre-back.Real Madrid‘s Raphael Varane is the top priority but talks have also been held with Villarreal’s Pau Torres.
United are also pushing ahead with their interest in Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is expected to be available for around £25m because of his expiring contract.
Maguire also took the chance to discuss the form of United team-mate Luke Shaw, who was one of the Premier League’s best left-backs last season and has carried that level over to Euro 2020, where he stole the show in the 4-0 win over Ukraine in the quarter-final.
“His ability has always been there,” Maguire said of Shaw. “He has every attribute to be one of the best left-backs in the world.
“The main difference I feel is his mentality in terms of pushing himself and the demands he’s putting on himself to not just be a 6/10 in each and every game, to not be comfortable, to really push on and be himself, and to be the best player on the pitch because there is no reason he can’t do that with all the attributes and ability he has.”