Manchester United remain hopeful of signing Jadon Sancho next summer after reports in Spain claimed a major factor had swung events in their favour.
England attacker Jadon Sancho was United’s top summer transfer target, but they failed to get anywhere near signing the 20-year-old.
It’s understood the Bundesliga side were open to selling Sancho at the start of the summer, on their own terms.
Sporting director Michael Zorc laid out their demands – a £108m transfer fee and a deadline to do the deal by August 10.
United chief Ed Woodward though failed to match the Germans’ demands and once the deadline passed their chances of signing Sancho evaporated.
Ultimately, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that United were one of the most “financially well-off” clubs did not sit well with BVB chiefs.
However, Spanish outlet Todofijaches is adamant that all is not lost for United.
They state that Sancho, while happy at Dortmund, has told the Bundesliga club he ultimately wants to play for United.
As such, that will reportedly force the Bundesliga giants back round the negotiation table with United.
And while Dortmund are unlikely to relent on their €120m asking price, they do, its claimed, now accept that Sancho will move on.
Indeed, Todofijaches are confident that a deal to take Sancho to United could be completed before the European Championships. They even suggest that, with talks due to resume early in 2021, a deal could be announced before the end of the January window.
That arrangement would see the clubs confirm the deal, but for Sancho to see out the season at the Westfalonstadion.
Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft is also adamant both Sancho and Erling Haaland could still be lured away.
He says Dortmund status as a nearly club could ultimately lead to them opting to move on. And only winning a major trophy this season could indeed persuade them to stay.
“Viv Anderson said to me, ‘but Jan, it’s quite easy, young kids want to win trophies – that’s why they’re in the game,’” Fjortoft said to ESPN.
“One day they will go away, meet each other now at international break and they will say ‘you’re a good team, you have good talent, how many trophies have you got?’
“I think that is the danger with Dortmund. They have the best Norwegian, the best American, the two best English, although Sancho is not at the moment unfortunately.
“That is the main challenge for Dortmund. How long can they keep these young kids without winning trophies? The culture needs to be built up.
“It’s also typical that Bayern [have] got that culture at the moment because they have that winning mentality in there.”
Sancho reflects on drop in form
The winger is yet to get off the mark in the Bundesliga this season. He did, however, score his first England goal in 14 months as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a friendly last week.
But the 20-year-old does not believe the persistent rumours over his future have led to his slow start to the current campaign.
“No, I don’t think so,” he replied, when asked if transfer talk has had an impact.
“Every player has a little dip in their career and I feel like I’m going through that at the moment.
“It is just how I am bouncing back and I’m just happy to have managers who have faith in me.
“I’m just happy to be starting for England. Every time I play I try to do my best. Luckily enough I got the goal and I’m happy to help the team again.”