Deja vu, as Manchester United once again informed of strict deadline for Sancho transfer

Date published: Wednesday 9th June 2021 2:02 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United have been told by Borussia Dortmund of a strict deadline for the transfer of Jadon Sancho this summer.

There’s a certain deja vu to this summer’s Sancho saga. The England star remains on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wanted list after United failed to get a deal over the line 12 months ago.

Solskjaer had the winger top of his hit list this time last year. However, United tried to play hardball over a deal.

Personal terms were all understood to have been agreed, but Dortmund’s £108m asking price was considered too much by United. Ed Woodward tried to playing the waiting game but Dortmund stood firm.

They imposed a deadline of August 10 for United to complete a deal for Sancho – the day Dortmund flew out for their pre-season training. United ignored the cut-off point. Dortmund stuck to their guns and Sancho stayed put.

United are expected to try for the 21-year-old again this summer. And according to Sky Sports News and The Athletic, there is increasing confidence from United’s part that they can sign Sancho.

However, German outlet Bild insist no official bid has been made yet by United and no discussions have taken place.

Dortmund have reportedly made it clear there will once again be a strict deadline on a departure date for Sancho.

 

And, per the source, United have been told that if a suitable offer is not made by the end of July then Sancho will once again stay at Signal Iduna Park.

 

Dortmund are now reportedly prepared to take less for the player. According to a report in The Mirror, the Bundesliga side have marked up Sancho at £81.5m for a sale this summer.

And while the price maybe more appealing it means United won’t have long to thrash out a transfer for Sancho, who is expected to star for England at Euro 2020.


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No transfers at Euro 2020

The tournament kicks off on Friday, while the knock-out stages begin in July with the showpiece on July 11.

Depending on how far England get in the 24-team tournament will determine United’s timeline.

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has already made it clear that he doesn’t expect any transfers involving England players to happen during the tournament.

“I’m talking across the board now. I think it is very unlikely transfer deals will be done while we are away,” said Southgate.

”We are not going to stop phone ringing and cannot control conversations going on in private.

”But I think most deals are done at the end of tournaments or in the first week after the end of the season. I would expect any deals to be done after the tournament.”

If England did reach the final on July 11, it would give United 20 days to agree a deal for Sancho and rubber-stamp a move.

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