Jadon Sancho’s future is once again making the headlines, as Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund continue to play out his potential transfer through the media.
Manchester United‘s interest in Sancho is no secret, the Premier League side having been interested in signing him as far back as last summer, though their lack of Champions League football stopped any potential deal getting off the ground.
Jadon Sancho ? Man Utd ?
Every single Sancho goal and assist in the Bundesliga this season ?pic.twitter.com/hdrNU1nFwN
— Goal (@goal) August 3, 2020
With United having secured a third-place finish this season, and following another stellar campaign from Sancho in the Bundesliga – the 20-year-old scoring 17 goals and providing 16 assists – the England international is firmly on their radar again and he is believed to be the Red Devils primary transfer target.
Despite the ongoing pandemic which has affected finances across the globe, Dortmund have remained steadfast in their €120 million valuation of the youngster, and have reportedly set a deadline of August 10th for a deal to be agreed – the date the club flies to Switzerland for a pre-season training camp.
Earlier this week, in what is part and parcel of the usual transfer game of cat and mouse, Manchester United seemingly briefed the media that they were ‘ready to walk away’ from the deal, with the club record valuation labelled ‘unrealistic’ in what looked like a somewhat obvious attempt to get the price dropped.
However, it seems like United’s threat to walk away from the deal hasn’t perturbed the German side, who, according to reports in Bild, have reiterated their stance, saying that Sancho will ‘definitely stay in Dortmund’ should a deal not be struck by Monday, adding that they will even hand him a new €10 million-a-year deal.
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 8, 2020
Of course, both sides have form for these exact same kind of tactics; United insisting they would not meet Leicester’s £80m valuation for Harry Maguire last summer – only to go on to do exactly that.
Meanwhile, Dortmund also employed a similar stance when they were doing a deal with Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele three years ago. Of course, the Frenchman ended up completing a £135 million move to the Nou Camp, with that deal being structured to be paid in instalments, the Catalan club paying £95m up front.
A similarly structured deal for Sancho has already been floated around the media, with Bild reporting last week that the Westfalenstadion outfit would be willing to accept around £60 million upfront and the rest paid over the next couple of years, providing the full asking price was met.
Sancho is still massively odds-on to join United by the end of the summer, at the moment it just seems as though it is a question of who, if anyone, blinks first.