Manchester United’s efforts to ‘play’ Borussia Dortmund over the prospective transfer of Jadon Sancho have been ridiculed in the German media.
Various reports have offered updates on the ever-changing situation, with one source revealing how Man Utd could structure the huge deal.
However, earlier this week it was claimed the deal was in ‘jeopardy’ over Dortmund’s unwillingness to compromise on the deal. In the article, it was reported United could walk away over ‘unrealistic demands’ made by the Bundesliga club.
As a result, United were then said to have made a firm enquiry for Federicho Chiesa as they pondered an alternative.
With most of the noise being made from United’s perspective, Dortmund, for their part had maintained a dignified silence over proceedings.
That was until Wednesday night when two prominent figures at the club had their say.
Speaking to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, a very different picture was painted.
MD Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “So far, there has been no contact between Dortmund and United in terms of Sancho.”
His statement is qualified with: “Also not indirectly or through alleged intermediaries.”
Those sentiments are echoed by sporting director, Michael Zorc. He even hinted the club expect Sancho to attend their impending training camp.
“I assume Jadon will go to the training camp [Monday] and play with us for the coming season,” said Zorc.
“I don’t expect any difficulties. Jadon has accepted that, he’s a very pleasant, fair guy.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung end their article by saying: ‘In Dortmund they still do not think it is impossible that Woodward will surprise them with a suitcase containing €120m.
‘But it is more likely that there is a much lower offer, which is then rejected.
‘So all sides would have saved face. In Manchester they could at least say to the fans: We tried, the stubborn Dortmund did not take part.’
Indeed, it all seems to lend itself to United trying to play games over Sancho’s fee.
However, Kicker are adamant that Dortmund will not be moved from their €120m valuation.
Furthermore, they state United have set themselves up for a ‘fundamental error’ if their plan is to wait for Dortmund to drop the price.
In the article, translated by Sport Witness, Kicker writes: ‘The Bundesliga club are being ‘hard’ over the transfer and ‘compromises are obviously impossible’.
Kicker add: ‘Manchester either agrees to handle the transfer on the terms dictated by Dortmund by August 10 – the start of the training camp in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland) – or there is no deal.’
In conclusion, Kicker state Ed Woodward could then present himself as ‘having tried everything and ‘failing heroically’. They state United could place the blame on Dortmund’s unreasonable demands.
Meanwhile, there’s complete ‘serenity’ at BVB over Sancho. They believe they’ll still be able to get a good fee for Sancho next summer, despite his contract situation. The winger’s current deal is due to expire in 2022.
Sancho tipped to be world superstar
United, meanwhile, can “fulfil” all of Sancho’s dreams, once the winger completes a move to Old Trafford.
Keith Gillespie is also adamant Sancho’s move to United can propel him to become a “world superstar”.
“He’s a fantastic player and still very young,” Gillespie told Sky Sports.
“He’s done fantastically well in Germany, but he wants to come to the Premier League.
“Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. No disrespect to Dortmund, they are a massive club as well but are not Manchester United.
“You come to a club like Manchester United to fulfil all your dreams, he’ll want to be a world superstar.”