Man Utd primed for cut-price Sancho transfer after change in Dortmund outlook

Date published: Tuesday 26th January 2021 9:47 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United could find that a cut-price transfer for Jadon Sancho may well fall into their lap this summer. 

United pushed hard for the England star last summer, but their approach did not pay off. United’s attempts to play hardball with Borussia Dortmund did backfired. The Germans simply refused to sell the 20-year-old for less than the £108m asking price.

The Athletic reported that United failed to take Dortmund seriously over their £108m valuation.

The Bundesliga side imposed a August 10 deadline on the potential transfer of Sancho. Dortmund wanted the future of the winger resolved in time for the start of their pre-season training camp.

Apparently United did not tell Dortmund what they would be willing to pay, neither did they submit a formal offer before that deadline.

Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft claimed United failed with four separate bids, all after the August 10 deadline, for Sancho, as per SportsMole.

Now though the landscape has changed somewhat.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Dortmund hard financially and they are reportedly expecting losses of £88m. And it has been claimed by Sport1 that the club are ‘relying’ on the sale of Sancho to balance their books.

That will be music to the ears of Ed Woodward, who now looks to be in a far better position to negotiate for Sancho. It’s very unlikely Dortmund will get the £100m-plus they wanted last summer, due to the pandemic.

It certainly looks like Dortmund’s need is greater and that will leave Woodward in the driving seat for Sancho.

Sancho’s form has also been slow and he admitted recently times have been hard for him.



“Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally,” the BVB star told the Bundesliga’s official website. “So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go.

“I’m working hard every day in training and on the pitch. I’m just happy to get my goals and assists.”

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Sancho finding form

Sancho, who is under contract until 2023, is starting to show glimpses of the form which saw him hit 20 goals and 20 assists last season.

The former Man City man has scored twice and assisted four times in 2021 and now looks to have a grip on his game.

Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke recently admitted the United interest may have impacted Sancho’s mindset.

Speaking to Kicke, Watzke has said that Sancho may have been banking on a big-money transfer.

“Jadon might have been subconsciously prepared for a change. I think he had at least thought so much about it that he lost his ease, but I have found him trying very hard for weeks,” the chief said (via Sport Witness).

“The magic, as [Dortmund head coach] Edin Terzic put it, is not back yet, but he has not forgotten anything.”

Manchester United could find that a cut-price transfer for Jadon Sancho may well fall into their lap this summer.

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