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Manchester United hold talks over terminating Jadon Sancho’s contract

Manchester United have held talks over terminating the contract of English attacker Jadon Sancho, according to Sky Sports.

The Red Devils will implement a more ruthless approach to their process over contracts in a bid to prioritise the right culture and recruitment strategy over business interests.

This will form part of the directive to strengthen football operations when Sir Jim Ratcliffe arrives once his acquisition of a 25 percent stake in the Old Trafford club is ratified.

Man United have been trying to get buyers for Sancho after he fell out with manager Erik ten Hag in September.

However, suitors are unwilling to meet with demands and they will now consider severing ties with the 23-year-old, who earns £250,000 per week, instead of trying to recoup some of the £73 million they spent to recruit his services.

Ratcliffe and his team have noted Arsenal as an example where severing ties with players instead of trying to hold out for a fee can help reshape a squad.

This creates an excellent environment, and he admires how such decisions since Mikel Arteta was appointed manager have helped improve the Gunners’ fortunes.

Arsenal terminated the contracts of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe once they were no longer in the plans, and Man United want to do the same with Sancho and more.

The Red Devils have become known for including the option for an extra 12 months in the contract extensions of most of their players, but the incoming co-owner plans to stop that.

As a result, such deals will not automatically be triggered unless it is important, and plans are in place to end unnecessary contract extensions.

Man United have often ended up getting their fingers burnt as their strategy of handing fresh terms to protect the value of some players in a bid to avoid losing them for free has largely proven counter-productive.