Borussia Dortmund will not entertain any offers from Manchester United for Jadon Sancho in January, claims a report in Germany.
The England attacker was United’s top summer transfer target, but they failed to get anywhere near signing the 20-year-old.
It’s understood the Bundesliga side were open to selling Sancho at the start of the summer, on their own terms.
Sporting director Michael Zorc laid out their demands – a £108m transfer fee and a deadline to do the deal by August 10.
United chief Ed Woodward though failed to match the Germans’ demands and once the deadline passed their chances of signing Sancho evaporated.
Whether or not United will try and move for either of the duo in January is unclear, but Dortmund’s stance on Sancho is.
German publication Bild (via Sport Witness) say that rumours of Man Utd making a January move are “without any concrete background”.
Dortmund are believed to have a ‘corona hole’ in their finances with the club losing money due to the pandemic. However, they are still not prepared to lose Sancho part-way through the season.
Their belief is that Sancho is heading to be one of the globe’s biggest stars. And they would even turn away their summer asking price of €120m if United made an offer in January.
Neville left embarrassed
Gary Neville says the fact that Manchester United had bids rejected by Dortmund for Sancho is “embarrassing”.
Manchester United reportedly had two bids rejected, the latest reaching £99million.
Neville though says it is a hallmark of the top clubs to wrap up deals for star players without any fuss.
“Honestly, the Sancho thing is embarrassing. It’s embarrassing,” he told Off the Ball. “It’s been going on for four months now. To put in a bid that gets rejected…
“Who puts bids in nowadays that aren’t accepted? That doesn’t happen that often.”