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Sancho ‘wants to leave’ Dortmund with negotiations tipped for spring

Borussia Dortmund are said to be aware that Jadon Sancho ‘wants to leave’ the club this summer with negotiations over the player’s exit expected to be held in the coming months.

Sancho was subject of intense transfer speculation last summer, with Manchester United’s pursuit of the winger having been headline news for much of the transfer window, though the Premier League side were ultimately unwilling to match the 20-year-old’s British transfer-record valuation.

The uncertainty surrounding the future of the England international appeared to unsettle Sancho’s early season form, but the star has since bounced back and has provided six goal involvements in his past seven Bundesliga fixtures.

Interest is once again expected to be high in the winger this summer with Manchester United expected to return with renewed interest and German football journalist, Raphael Honigstein, says that whilst Dortmund will not sell this month, he suggested the Bundesliga side would be willing to discuss a summer transfer in the coming weeks.

“He’s beginning to click again,” Honigstein said on the Transfer Talk podcast. “He looks really sharp, he looks up for it.

“By all accounts, he’s had a really good, small, winter break. A few days off where he’s come back full of energy. And you can see it on the pitch. And I think the debates or the names being mentioned will increase again, because his form is picking up again.

“But everybody in Dortmund knows nothing will happen in January, the player is not agitating for a move, there’s a very clear agreement that transfers of that magnitude at Dortmund will only happen in the summer.

“There was a big transfer announced in January a couple of years ago. That was Christian Pulisic [to Chelsea]. But remember, even his deal was the deal for the summer.

“So no one’s stopping United, if they went out, and felt really confident, to say, ‘let’s do this deal now, let’s make sure we get in now’. And maybe then announce it at the end of January. That’s inherently possible.

“We just haven’t seen or heard anything to suggest that they are indeed ready and willing to come back to that negotiation at the moment. I think everyone at Dortmund is under no illusions that the player wants to leave.

“But they think that the offers and the real negotiations will start closer to towards spring when clubs are perhaps in a better position to understand how much money they’ll have available for their transfer window in the summer.”

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