Jadon Sancho was reportedly on the bench for Borussia Dortmund, because his ‘head is already with Manchester United‘.
The England winger was among the substitutes as Erling Haaland’s brace ensured Dortmund would finish runners up in the Bundesliga after they won 2-0 at RB Leipzig.
The 20-year-old has scored 17 goals and provided 14 assists in the league this season, confirming his reputation as one of the best young players in European football.
Sancho was among the substitutes for the first three games back after football returned, but scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Paderborn on his first start since the resumption.
Sancho remains United’s top summer transfer target, but Dortmund’s £120m valuation is proving to be a point of contention and has led to the Red Devils loking at cheaper alternatives.
However, United’s pursuit and Sancho’s desire to move to Old Trafford was reportedly the reason for Lucien Favre opting to name him among the substitutes at Leipzig.
That’s according to German football journalist Heiko Wasser, who claims Sancho’s ‘head has been turned’ by United’s interest.
Dortmund had previously said that they would only allow Sancho to leave if the player forced through a move, and the latest rumours suggest that could happen any time soon.
Meanwhile, the influence of Bruno Fernandes and his agent could be pivotal as Man Utd have reportedly eyed up a swoop for a Sporting Lisbon defensive star.
Fernandes’ arrival has provided Man Utd with everything they could’ve hoped for, and more.
The playmaker was instrumental in the club’s resurgence prior to football’s hiatus. While a man of the match performance was key in rescuing a point while coming from behind to draw with Tottenham on Friday.
According to the Daily Express, his influence may stretch further than just the pitch, however.
The newspaper report that Man Utd could sign Sporting youngster Nuno Mendes this summer, ‘with help from Bruno Fernandes’ agent.’
Citing Portuguese publication Record, the article notes Utd’s ‘interest,’ are are hopeful of a helping hand from the pair’s agent. Read more…