Borussia Dortmund have said that Manchester United completely ‘misjudged the situation’ in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
The future of Sancho was one of the stories of the summer, with Manchester United‘s pursuit of the England international ultimately ending in failure.
Dortmund had made it perfectly clear that they had set a deadline of August 10th to get a deal done by, although it was widely reported that they would have still sanctioned his sale if their asking price of €120 million (£108m) was met.
That was a price that United refused to meet given the economic downturn, though they continued to pursue a deal in the blind belief that the German outfit would be forced to drop their asking price closer to the deadline – a belief that turned out to be totally unfounded.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said that Manchester United’s approach was ‘misjudged’, while suggesting their demands will remain the same next summer – Sancho currently having three years left on his deal at the Westfalenstadion.
“[They] misjudged the situation,” he told ZDF Sports. “We would be more willing to compromise. We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.
“In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.”
Asked if he ever had doubts over Sancho’s future, Watzke added: “I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he’s [still] here.
“We had an agreement with him and it didn’t look like [he would leave].”