Manchester United’s apparent decision to put a £50m cap on signing Jadon Sancho is little more than a smokescreen, claims a report.
A report on Tuesday claimed “senior club officials” at United and Borussia Dortmund were poles apart regarding the valuation of the England forward.
The Bundesliga side are believed to be looking for a fee in excess of £100m for the 17-goal, 16 assist attacker.
However, United are unwilling to part with such a sum in the wake of the global economic downturn. Therefore, it was reported they would not spend over £50m to land Sancho.
The Athletic, however, claim this is not the case for two significant reasons.
Firstly, they claim that by trying to half Sancho’s valuation, that will devalue some of the senior players they are trying to offload. A report on Sunday claimed Ed Woodward wanted to sell five stars to fund the signing of the Dortmund star.
Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and possibly Phil Jones could all be moved on this summer.
The second reason cited by The Athletic is that United did a deal for £50m for Aaron Wan Bissaka just last summer. As a result, it’s claimed their senior officials know Sancho is worth considerably more.
However, it’s also claimed Dortmund are under absolutely no pressure to sell Sancho. Furthermore, they won’t let him leave unless their valuation is met.
That’s an opinion reflected by Dortmund CEO Joachim Watzke, who stated: “I don’t think a club will pay the sum. There is also no coronavirus discount on him.
“Nobody has to worry about the club.
“We are economically as stable as very few in Germany.”
When pressed on potential transfer targets, though, he said: “I no longer play this game.”
Sancho was missing from Dortmund’s new kit launch on Wednesday, adding to speculation of a transfer.
However, photos did later emerge of him in Dortmund’s new shirt.
Thursday’s Paper Talk, meanwhile, suggests United’s links to Sancho is merely a smokescreen for interest in another player.
Neville warning over Sancho costs
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville is well aware any deal for Sancho will cost considerably more than £50m.
“I think you might have to pay a little bit more than that Ole,” he said on Sky Sports.
“That’s the problem because some clubs think that other clubs will get desperate and sell players on the cheap.
“But I’m not sure you can bully clubs like Borussia Dortmund.”
Neville also praised Sancho for making the brave decision to leave Manchester City for Germany a few years ago.
“What these young lads have demonstrated in the last two or three years is that they aren’t going to be hoarded by these big clubs that don’t give them football matches,” he said.
“It’s been proven that lads who have moved away and shown a bit of courage to get some football have benefited from it.
“It was something at the time you questioned, ‘how can you [Sancho] leave Manchester City?’
“‘How can you turn down the opportunity?’
“But they weren’t putting players in the first team Manchester city at that time and what he’s done is give himself a wonderful experience and furthered his career.”
Tim Sherwood, meanwhile, claims United have already secured a major summer deal. Read more here.