The chances of Jadon Sancho joining Manchester United have been rated as ‘very high,’ despite the the ongoing pandemic likely having a big effect on the transfer market.
Sancho has emerged as one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer market and his form this season has attracted interest from Europe’s elite clubs, the winger having scored 14 goals and provided a further 15 assists in the Bundesliga so far this season.
Despite the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, the England international is still attracting plenty of interest, with The Athletic’s David Ornstein revealing that the 20-year-old’s representatives have held ‘recent conversations’ with several clubs across the continent.
“There have been recent conversations with Real Madrid and also with Liverpool, although I don’t think he’ll be going there,” Ornstein said on the latest episode of The Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman podcast.
“Chelsea made contact in January but there’s been no follow up since.
“At Barcelona, there’s interest as well, but I don’t think that’s probably realistic.”
Ornstein added that Sancho is expecting to be allowed to leave Dortmund this summer and there remains a ‘very high chance’ that a move could happen, believing that Manchester United appears the most likely destination for the winger following the club’s concrete interest in his services.
Jadon Sancho has been directly involved in more Bundesliga goals than any other player so far this season:
❍ 24 games
❍ 15 assists
❍ 14 goals
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“Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there’s still a very high chance that will happen,” he continued.
“There’s an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives then he can go.
“There is confidence among his camp that an offer will arrive, they almost have no doubt about that.
“Manchester United have been the most proactive on that front, they’ve been in regular contact and very recently.”
United are believed to be one of the few clubs capable of capitalising on the financial uncertainty of the transfer market to secure a deal for Sancho, Dortmund having insisted they will not compromise on their demands which are believed to be in excess of £100m.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may take some hope following comments from Dortmund’s head of sales, marketing and business development, Carsten Cramer, who said that ‘high fees will go down’ due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis,
Asked about the club’s prospective transfer dealings, Cramer said on an online forum: “Usually at this time of year the squad for next season is already done. Maybe you sell some players but the plans are done.
“Everyone has to be as flexible as possible. I’m very sure the business on loan will become of higher relevance than periods before and for sure it will take a longer time to plan your squad.
“I’m very, very sure that not on July 1 or even August 1 your team is done. Flexibility is very important, patience will be important.
“I’m very sure the expectations of high fees will go down as well.”