United to lure marquee No.7 in January?

English Premier League

Manchester United are reportedly in pole position to land two of the brightest talents in European football with the lure of the club's iconic No.7 seven shirt.

England duo Jadon Sancho and James Maddison have been heavily linked with moves to United over the past 12 months, while the club continuing their transfer policy of young British talent.

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Maddison, who recently made his senior international debut has been one of the key figures for Leicester City in their surprise Premier League title-challenge with Liverpool this season.

While Sancho has continued from last season with nine goals and nine assists in just 16 starts for Borussia Dortmund across all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign.

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With the next transfer window looming, reports in English media suggest that Sancho could leave Dortmund after the 19-year-old was left out of the squad by manager Lucien Favre last month, who cited 'a disciplinary measure'.

The German giants will reportedly ask for around £100m for Sancho, while the figure to bring Maddison in has been rumoured to be set at £70m.

And the Daily Express claims the promising duo will seriously consider a move to the Red Devils due to a 'bargaining chip' held by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The report suggests that talks have been opened with the player's representatives with an offer of the iconic number seven jersey, which has been vacant since the departure of Alexis Sanchez on loan to Inter.

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United have been thin in attacking options this season with academy graduate Mason Greenwood deputising for first-team stars Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial during their respective spells on the sidelines.