Man Utd chief Ed Woodward didn’t sign Chelsea star Kai Havertz because of one player

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward didn’t sign Chelsea new boy Kai Havertz because of interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, according to reports. The Germany international has moved to Stamford Bridge in a £72million deal. And he’s become the Blues’ latest recruit, with Frank Lampard’s side previously bringing in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

Manchester United were linked with Havertz at the start of the transfer window.

The 21-year-old sparkled for Bayer Leverkusen last season as they narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League, scoring 12 goals and registering six assists.

Chelsea consider the signing of Havertz to be a substantial coup, with Roman Abramovich himself pushing for the deal to be struck.

And the Manchester Evening News say United did contemplate Havertz at one point – but refused to go after him because of their interest in Sancho.

The Red Devils have spent the last three years tracking the forward, with Jose Mourinho missing out on the England international during the player’s time at Manchester City.

And United opted to pursue Sancho rather than rivalling Chelsea for Havertz.

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The midfielder is raring to get going at his new club, saying after his unveiling: “I am very happy and proud to be here.

“For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!”

Also ecstatic was Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, for whom weeks of intense transfer negotiations with Leverkusen finally paid off.

“Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea,” she said.

“He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.”

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Regarding Sancho, and former United coach Steve McClaren recently expressed a belief that the Dortmund star isn’t needed at the club.

And that’s because of the way Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have developed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment.

“The front four are so quick, they’re so exciting and they cause so many problems, and Martial is a fantastic player, but in the big games when it really matters he never looks like a true goalscorer,” McClaren told talkSPORT.

“They need class in that position.

“I don’t think [Romelu] Lukaku fit into what Man United are all about, that high intensity, and I think they need that.

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“The manager is helpless if the club don’t back him and go for the likes of Haaland. What a perfect fit he would have been. I’ve seen him for Dortmund and he’s an incredible player at 20. Imagine him in the Man United team, that would be spot on. So they’re not far away, but they have to spend the money and get the right players.

“I’ve seen Jadon Sancho play a lot for Dortmund and he’s very, very exciting, but he’s a little bit like Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood and I wonder, do they really need that?

“He’s not a No 9, and Martial, Rashford and Greenwood aren’t that either. You’ve got to get a fox in the box, a goalscorer and No 9 and they’ve got to find one quick.

“Yes, Sancho would improve the squad, but to win big games and to win cups, you need a No 9 and you need two damn good centre-backs. Haaland would have been perfect; a young talented striker, a No 9 who can play under pressure – they’re difficult to find.

“Harry Kane, will they get him out of Tottenham? I doubt it very much, but they need someone of that ilk.”

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