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Man Utd dealt fresh blow as ideal Jadon Sancho replacement makes transfer stance clear

Manchester United’s plans to find a Premier League-proven replacement for Jadon Sancho in January have taken a major hit with the announcement that Brighton’s star player, Kaoru Mitoma, has signed a new long-term contract.

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The Red Devils have been linked with Mitoma, who has continued to impress at Brighton.

The club has been willing to sell some of its top stars, as evidenced by the summer departures of Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister for substantial fees.

However, with Mitoma’s long-term commitment to Brighton secured, Manchester United will need to explore alternative options if they wish to bolster their attacking prowess and creativity in January.

This situation arises as Jadon Sancho’s time at Old Trafford appears to be ending due to his ongoing dispute with Erik ten Hag.

Sancho, a winger, has been sidelined after publicly challenging his manager, who omitted him from the lineup in the defeat at Arsenal.

Ten Hag has shown no inclination to reintegrate Sancho, and there have been reports linking the Englishman to Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming transfer window.

Manchester United may now consider bringing in a replacement since several of Erik ten Hag’s attacking options have not been performing at their best.

Players like Anthony Martial and Antony have struggled to find the net, and the club is in need of enhancing its attacking quality.

While Mitoma would have been an appealing addition, the Japanese international has committed his future to Brighton.

Brighton has previous experience with players signing new deals only to leave, as was the case with Moises Caicedo, who signed a new contract shortly before his move to Chelsea.

Mitoma, 26 years old, scored ten goals last season, helping Brighton secure European football for the first time.

This season, he has already found the net three times. Brighton’s technical director, David Weir, expressed his delight at Mitoma’s decision to remain with the club, emphasizing his importance to the team.

In conclusion, Manchester United faces a challenge in their pursuit of an attacking replacement as Mitoma, a key target, has extended his stay with Brighton.

The club will now have to explore alternative options to reinforce its attacking capabilities.

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