Manchester United have been given a big boost in their pursuit for Jadon Sancho after Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc gave the Red Devils some incentive over a potential summer move.
Former Manchester City winger Sancho was linked with a move back to the Premier League this summer after excelling in two years at Dortmund, becoming a regular in England squads since.
Man Utd were the most heavily linked club, as Sancho would have fitted in with their policy of targeting promising young players like summer signings Daniel James – who recently confirmed he considered giving up football in the past – and Aaron Wan Bissaka.
Monday’s papers claim Sancho is a ‘dream signing’ for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the club having identified their three top targets.
Zorc responded recently to claims that United almost signed the player this summer, and while he insisted a deal was not close, he’s given the Red Devils a huge lift over a future deal going forwards.
Asked about Sancho’s future beyond 2020, Zorc told Kicker: “No decision has been made. But you don’t have to be a prophet to know he won’t play here for another five years.”
Sancho really made a name for himself last season as Dortmund pushed Bayern Munich so close to the Bundesliga title, with the teenager scoring 12 times and providing 14 assists during a stellar campaign.
And he’s started this season in similar fashion, with Sancho already having three goals and four assists to his name.
Outlining what makes him such an outstanding talent, Zorc continued: “He has taken this positive development [at Dortmund]. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs.
“We trust the players very early, and we are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.”
Zorc added: “He’s an instinctive footballer, a street footballer, he’s always a footballer, but he’s always setting new limits. He does not sit back satisfied. He wants to play football successfully and beautifully. That alone is his motivation.”
It’s not the first time Zorc has shed light on Dortmund’s stance on Sancho, with him revealing in August that after a meeting with a consultant, they decided he wasn’t for sale at any price.
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