It’s a slow news day, but with football shut down for the foreseeable, all the days are slow news days. 

Some absolutely pointless ​Jadon Sancho to ​Manchester United speculation, then? Why not? 

The latest ‘development’ to the situation, which has seen the player seemingly on the verge of a move to Manchester United since before Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed in 1986, comes as Juan Mata has responded to a question about Sancho on ​Instagram

Unfortunately, he has dodged said question like a pro. 

“Should we sign Jadon Sancho?” he said, when asked in a live stream on Thursday. 

“What do you want me to say? We all know he’s a great player. He’s having a fantastic season at Dortmund.

“But it’s not my responsibility to speak about those things. I like him as a player but I cannot reply to that.”

So…yeah. As much as some might want that to be more than it is, Mata has simply confirmed that he does, indeed, know a half decent footballer when he sees one. With 17 goals and 19 assists already this season, after all, there would be something majorly wrong if Mata said literally anything else. 

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What’s a little less fluffy is the latest from ​The Athletic, which claims United remain the ‘most likely’ destination for the winger, who turned 20 just last month – though those claims are diluted somewhat by suggestions that any moves north of £80m would be a stretch for any club this summer due to the financial implications of the coronavirus shutdown.

It does, however, back up 90min‘s stance since ​as far back as September. A source has told us that United are hell-bent on landing Sancho this year, and see him as the ideal solution to their right wing problems, although the current situation is wildly unpredictable and may well lead to an alteration of any summer transfer plans. 

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