Man Utd’s stance on smashing the club’s transfer record to sign Jadon Sancho has been revealed, while Dortmund teammate Erling Braut Haaland says “the stats don’t lie” when it comes to the England winger’s greatness.
The future of Sancho promises to be one of the major talking points of the summer transfer window.
At just 20-years-of-age, the ex-Man City winger has already established himself as one of world football’s premier attacking threats.
26 goals in his last 57 Bundesliga outings have understandably drawn the attention of Europe’s heavy hitters, with a switch to Man Utd the most frequently touted scenario, though a recent interaction with Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has sparked intrigue over interest from the Reds.
However, one ex-Man Utd title winner has expressed his concerns for the player if he made the move to Old Trafford, noting how playing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could in fact hinder his career development.
Nevertheless, Utd remain keen admirers, but online publication Bleacher Report has revealed that the club have vowed not to break their transfer record in order to get the deal over the line.
The club’s record fee currently stands at the £89.3m paid to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford in 2016, and British newspaper the Sun (via Bleacher Report) state that the ‘prospect of the Red Devils splashing crazy sums is unrealistic’ in the current coronavirus-affected climate.
Man Utd are described as being ‘keen not to spend more’ than the fee splashed on Pogba’s return, with a sum in the region of £86m considered a ‘good result’ if it is deemed enough by Dortmund.
Even that figure could turn out to be high, however, with the article noting that Sancho’s value could be diminished by “at least 15 per cent” as a result of the pandemic’s effect on football’s finances.
A further factor behind the club’s reserved intentions comes from the fact that Euro 2020’s suspension now no longer provides Sancho with an opportunity to bump up his value with a string of impressive performances on the international stage.
Meanwhile, Sancho’s Dortmund teammate, Erling Braut Haaland, has waxed lyrical about the Englishman’s talents, stating that he “will become even better.”
Speaking to ESPN, the clinical centre-forward, who was also a transfer target for the Red Devils said of Sancho: “He’s a fantastic player, and the stats don’t lie, what he’s been doing for us this season, so he’s a fantastic player and he will become even better.
“We are lucky to have him here.”