Jadon Sancho will be offered the chance to remain in Europe when potentially leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window, as Borussia Dortmund have reportedly expressed their interest in re-signing him.
After leaving Sancho out of the squad for Man Utd’s 3-1 away defeat to Arsenal on September 3, manager Erik ten Hag raised eyebrows when he explained that the winger had been snubbed due to his poor performances in training. However, the criticism did not go down well with Sancho.
He hit back at Ten Hag with a public response on social media. The England international urged fans ‘don’t believe everything you read’.
He suggested that Ten Hag’s comments were ‘completely untrue’, while also stating that it ‘isn’t fair’ he has been one of Man Utd’s ‘scapegoats’ for so long.
It will come as no surprise that Sancho has been widely criticised for questioning his manager. Ben Foster has labelled him ‘petulant’, while Stan Collymore believes he has ‘played his last game’ for the Red Devils.
The 23-year-old became a target for Steven Gerrard’s side Al Ettifaq before the Saudi transfer window closed on Thursday. But Ettifaq could not afford to pay the £50million required to complete a deal.
While Al Ettifaq do have money to spend, they are not as rich as some of their Saudi rivals as they are not owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The Sun have now provided an update on Sancho’s situation. They state that he could be given the opportunity to remain in Europe even when leaving Man Utd, as Dortmund are hoping to take him back to Germany.
Jadon Sancho to secure Dortmund return?
The Bundesliga giants have expressed their interest in reuniting with Sancho. The report states that Dortmund chiefs will keep a close eye on developments over the coming months before potentially making their move in January.
There is no mention of whether the transfer bid will be a permanent or temporary one. Although, Dortmund may struggle to match Man Utd’s £50m demands so a loan swoop is more likely.
Dortmund have already tried their luck once, too. They sent Man Utd a loan offer for Sancho in January 2023, but this was knocked back.
Dortmund are far more likely to succeed this time around after the row between Sancho and Ten Hag.
There are two possible solutions for Sancho’s Man Utd career, should he end up heading to Dortmund on loan. The Red Devils could ship Sancho out on loan in the hope that he rediscovers his form and then returns to Old Trafford full of confidence in summer 2024.
Alternatively, if Ten Hag is intent on getting rid of the Manchester City academy graduate, then Man Utd may hope that he gets back among the goals and vastly increases his transfer value. This will help them get most of their money back if they decide to sell next summer.
When criticising Sancho, Collymore suggested that the wide man could head to Roma and work under former Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho. But given Sancho’s close ties with Dortmund, a return to the Westfalenstadion appears far more likely.