Hallelujah! The Jadon Sancho to Manchester United transfer saga finally appears to be over with a deal having been struck between the two clubs.
United’s interest in the Borussia Dortmund star was the story of the summer window almost 12 months ago, only for a deal to fail to come to fruition in what was a high profile game of cat and mouse.
Dortmund set their stall out from the off, issuing a deadline of when a deal should be completed by as well as setting a hefty €120 million asking price.
United were unperturbed by Dortmund’s demands, with the Old Trafford outfit believing the deadline to be arbitrary while they believed the German side would lower their demands as the transfer deadline edged closer. They did not, and Sancho remained at the Westfalenstadion.
Sancho appeared to have been affected by the saga, and started the season slowly, though rediscovered his creative touch to end the season with an impressive 16 goals and 20 assists in all competitions for BVB.
Despite a decent season on the right of midfield from Mason Greenwood, Manchester United have maintained their interest in the England international, and have seemingly learned their lessons by making a relatively early move, and after a few weeks of talks and a couple of rejected bids, have finally reached an agreement.
As per The Athletic, United have agreed a deal worth €85 million (£73m), with Sancho expected to undertake a medical and sign on the dotted line, with the forward having been agreed to the terms of a five year deal for some time.
United’s rivals Man City are also expected to prosper from the deal to the tune of around £11m, the current champions having agreed a 15% sell-on clause when they allowed Sancho to make the switch to Germany in 2017.
Sancho is currently with the England squad at Euro 2020 as they prepare to take on Ukraine in the semi-finals, though it is yet to be seen as whether he will be unveiled as a United player while the Three Lions are still involved in the tournament.
Having agreed a deal for Sancho, the Red Devils are now expected to turn their attentions to recruiting a centre-back, the likes of Raphael Varane, Pau Torres and Jules Kounde all having been linked.