Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland says he will be “very happy” if Manchester United fail to sign Jadon Sancho this transfer window.
Sancho’s future has proved the longest-running saga of the window, with United keen to sign the England winger.
However, the Red Devils are unwilling to pay Dortmund’s £108million valuation, a fee they feel is unrealistic.
Meanwhile, several Dortmund officials have since reiterated their confidence that Sancho will stay. Indeed, sporting director Sebastian Kehl was the latest to add weight to that stance.
Now, Norway talent Haaland has also insisted that Sancho staying is imperative for Dortmund’s chances this season. The 20-year-old also opened up on United’s long-standing interest.
“I think Sancho has been very good throughout the whole pre-season. He will be an important player for us this season,” Haaland told Viaplay Football.
Pressed on links to United, he added: “That is not something that I am involved in.
“Those in charge are responsible for that. I am not going to comment too much on that.
“But if he stays, I’ll be very happy because he is both a good friend of mine and a hell of a player.”
Sancho has looked impressive in pre-season, coming off the back of his best campaign in front of goal in his early career.
The Three Lions star scored 20 goals and assisted 20 others last term, including notching 17 goals and 17 assists in the Bundesliga.
Indeed, he has started the new campaign in similar fashion. He scored and laid on another goal on Monday as Dortmund beat MSV Duisburg in German Cup action.
MAN UTD TURN TO REGUILON ALTERNATIVE
Elsewhere, United are reportedly considering a move for Porto’s Alex Telles in their hunt for a new left-back.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to sign Sergio Reguilon but Tottenham are close to announcing his signing.
As such, Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims the doors are “wide open” for United to chase a deal for Telles.