A non-footballing reason has been reported as to why Man Utd are ‘concerned’ over the prospect of landing English superstar Jadon Sancho this summer.
The 20-year-old has been a revelation since his departure for the Bundesliga in 2017.
A 13-goal campaign last season has been blown out of the water this term, with Sancho’s 17 goals and 20 assists catapulting Dortmund into a hotly-contested title race with Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.
His rapid rise has already thrust him into Gareth Southgate’s England starting line-up, and a world record fee for a British player is expected to be required to prise him away from Germany.
That has not stopped financial juggernaut Man Utd from registering their interest, however, with the forward’s age and profile seeming to be a perfect fit for the new transfer policy to go younger and predominantly British at Old Trafford.
Nevertheless, British newspaper the Daily Express has revealed the club have indicated a particular concern over a prospective move.
They report that the club have reservations over the optics of such a mega money move, noting ‘Manchester United are concerned about how it will look’ to make such a huge financial outlay during the coronavirus pandemic.
These concerns appear to back up a recent report that stated the club were desperate to offload a high-earning flop in order to drive Sancho’s ultimate price down.
With lower league clubs facing financial ruination, the idea of smashing the British transfer record would undoubtedly cause more than a few rumblings within the game.
Meanwhile, Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney has opened up on how the Man Utd links have affected Sancho.
Speaking to ESPN, the Danish midfielder spoke about how the recent return of the Bundesliga has forced Sancho further into the spotlight.
“Clearly, one of the biggest talents that I’ve played with,” Delaney said of Sancho. “With that talent comes a lot of pressure and I think he slowly starts to feel that from the England national team and clubs surrounding him now.
“Up until this point he’s been a talent performing very well, performing better than what he is expected to do but there was always going to be a next step and that’s going to be interesting. Next step in his career and his development.