It appears Manchester United supporters are not the only party left confused by the club’s protracted pursuit of Jadon Sancho, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly ‘bemused’ by the Red Devils’ transfer strategy.
Sancho had emerged as United’s number one transfer target for the summer window but despite weeks of speculation, a big-money return to the Premier League appears no closer for the England international.
Dortmund are demanding a British transfer-record fee of €120m for the player – who scored 17 goals and provided 16 assists in the Bundesliga last season – a figure which the Old Trafford outfit consider ‘completely unrealistic’ in the current financial climate.
However, Sky Sports are reporting that United are still yet to indicate how much they would be willing to pay for Sancho this summer, a breakdown in communication which has stalled negotiations and further emphasised the lack of conviction amongst the club’s hierarchy.
“It has gone a little bit quiet as far as Jadon Sancho is concerned,” Dharmesh Sheth said on Sky Sports’ The Transfer Show. “The information I got this morning was if United do not sign Sancho in this transfer window there is a chance he will never become a United player
“Make no mistake about it, this window represents what I call the perfect storm as far as United are concerned. They are in the Champions League, Sancho wants Champions League football.
“They are realistically the only club that could do a deal for Sancho at the figures being mentioned. However, and this is the big crux of it, as it stands there has been no bid from United.
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“Dortmund are adamant he will not be sold. The only way that changes is if United make a bid, and then if Sancho then agitates for a transfer to United.
“It must be said that Dortmund have been quite bemused at how United have approached this proposed transfer. A selling club has a valuation for a player, a buying club has a valuation for a player. Then the two sides talk. Here we have a situation where Dortmund have made it clear what their price is, it’s €120m for Sancho.
“United have said they’re not willing to meet that price, they think it’s completely unrealistic in the current situation, but what they haven’t said is what they are prepared to pay. Hence, there is no basis for a negotiation.”
Widespread reports have linked United with a host of potential alternatives as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considers his options on the flanks, the likes of Kingsley Coman and David Brooks amongst those linked with the Red Devils.
It remains to be seen, however, whether those reports are genuine or part of a ploy to convince Dortmund to lower their asking price for top target Sancho, who is keen on a move to United despite his previous links to Manchester City.
“Now we hear United might have potential alternative targets, the likes of Douglas Costa from Juventus or Champions League winning goalscorer Kingsley Coman from Bayern Munich, David Brooks perhaps even from Bournemouth,” he added.
“There are two ways to look at this. United are genuinely interested in these players as an alternative to Sancho, or are they happy for these names to be out in the open so that they nudge Dortmund into doing business.
“It should be said Sancho is willing to move to United, a club that is the biggest rival of the club he left when moving to Dortmund in Manchester City.
“As it stands, we as far away as Sancho going to United as we have ever been.”