Borussia Dortmund are ‘willing to allow Jadon Sancho to leave this summer, but fear Erling Haaland will force a move should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Sancho was subject of strong interest from the Premier League last summer with Manchester United linked with a move for the winger, though Dortmund’s demand of a British transfer-record fee saw a move fail to materialise as clubs felt the financial squeeze of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dortmund, according to the Daily Mail, are now understood to have lowered their initial asking price to a figure of around £88m and their softened stance could lead to renewed interest from Manchester, whilst Premier League rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have also been tentatively linked with the England international.
Whilst the Bundesliga side are prepared to sanction the sale of Sancho this summer, there are fears within the Dortmund camp that Haaland could also look to engineer an exit given the club’s struggles in recent weeks.
Dortmund have dropped to sixth in Germany’s top tier and are facing a fight to secure a top four finish, with German publication Bild suggesting that an absence from the Champions League could lead to Haaland seeking a summer exit.
The Norway international is being courted by Europe’s leading clubs and possesses a release clause in his contract at the Westfalenstadion, though the €75m fee will only become active in the summer of 2022.
Haaland has made a huge impact since moving to Germany and is currently the leading scorer in this season’s Champions League, extending his career record in the competition to an incredible 18 goals in just 13 appearances since making his tournament debut last season.
Chelsea have been linked with making an early move for Haaland should he become available, with the west London side reportedly prepared to break their transfer-record – the £72m paid for Kai Havertz last summer – to secure his signing.