Manchester United appear to have negotiated themselves into pole position to land Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed he’d met with the Red Devils to discuss the player.
The 19-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting attacking talents in the world since taking the bold decision to leave Manchester City for the Bundesliga in 2017.
His rise to superstardom has naturally seen his future come under the spotlight, with Manchester United strongly linked with a big-money move for the England international.
However, despite his likely €100m price tag, Dortmund had always denied claims United had made contact over the player, with the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke saying in May: “It can be assumed that Jadon will not play more than 10 years at BVB.
“But we have clear agreements about the present.
“Jadon is not on the market and plays next season guaranteed at Borussia Dortmund.”
However, Zorc confirmed a meeting was held with Red Devils chiefs during the Inside Borussia Dortmund documentary series, part of Amazon Prime’s “All or Nothing” series, filmed back in March.
In episode three, released on August 30, Zorc holds a meeting with fellow club chiefs Matthias Sammer, Sebastian Kehl and Watzke.
During the meeting, he opens up on the talks which took place over a move to take Sancho to Old Trafford – but declares his confidence the England ace was not looking to leave the club.
Zorc said: “A hot topic right now is Sancho and Manchester United.
“Both his discussions with the club and mine with the consultants.
“A meeting did take place. Manchester United invited the consultant.
“But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much money they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.
“But the player also has no intention of taking that step this summer.”
And amid talk of a renewed January bid from Manchester United, the teenager’s focus is squarely on making this a memorable season for club and country.
“I don’t really try to take notice of all the media,” Sancho said. “I just try to stay focused on my game.
“Obviously being in Germany has taken off the pressure of the media and I think that’s really helping me a lot and keeping me focused.”
Sancho is determined to help Dortmund lift the Bundesliga crown this term, before helping England build on their World Cup semi-final display at Euro 2020.
The teenager can underline his star status in a tournament that ends at Wembley and the Londoner would be open to a return to home shores one day.
“I can’t tell the future but I wouldn’t mind,” he said. “LaLiga I wouldn’t mind also, but we don’t know yet.”
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