Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has cast doubt over Manchester United’s proposed move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
However, Merson believes that current financial implications amid the coronavirus pandemic will see big-money transfers put on hold for some time.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Merson said: “All the talk about Jadon Sancho commanding a £100m-plus transfer fee has been blown out of the water if you ask me.
“Borussia Dortmund are said to be demanding in excess of that figure for one of Europe’s hottest young talents, but they can forget it.
“There’s no way that’s going to be happening. It’s gone – over and out. Top clubs can’t be putting staff on furlough and then start forking out that kind of money the minute the transfer window opens.
“It’s not just the fee, but with players in that price bracket comes a pay packet of around £300,000 a week and that’s just not going to be happening.
“The landscape has changed not just for everyone on the planet but for football as well. Really big-money moves may be off the table for quite some time.
“With the financial situation as it is, how would it look for clubs struggling to pay their staff and then transfer deadline day arrives and it flashes up on the screen that £900m or whatever has been splashed out on players? There would be uproar.”
Dortmund are believed to be holding out for a £120m fee for Sancho, who will see his current deal at the Westfalenstadion expire in 2022.
Meanwhile, United are set to offer a second trial to young striker James Graham in an effort to beat Liverpool and Wolves to his signature, a report claims.
Ross County starlet Graham is very much in demand, with Scottish giants Celtic now joining the race to sign him, according to the Scottish Sun.
However, the report adds that the Red Devils have already made concrete steps to snap him up, with the 15-year-old undergoing a trial with the Red Devils in March. Read more…