Talk of Manchester United’s interest in Jadon Sancho will not go away, with reports saying that the winger could still make the move if a ‘realistic offer’ is lodged.
The England international is well known to be Manchester United‘s primary summer transfer target this summer, the 20-year-old having scored 17 goals and registered 16 assists in the Bundesliga last season.
Dortmund had set the Red Devils a deadline of August 10th to have a deal agreed – a deadline which came and went – and the club have since publicly declared on more that one occasion that Sancho will definitely be staying at the club.
“We are planning around Jadon. He will be a BVB player next season,” Sporting director Michael Zorc adamantly said last Monday, while CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “Sancho staying is set in stone. We will not discuss the details.”
United fans have held onto hope that a transfer could still happen though after Zorc also took a similar stance with Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, only for the pair to go on to make their respective moves to Barcelona and Arsenal.
However, both of those players expressed their desire to make a move, something Sancho is yet to do, the former Man City academy graduate recently expressing his happiness at playing with the club’s ‘special young players’.
However, Sky Sports reckon Sancho ‘would be willing to tell Dortmund that he wants to leave’ but only if a ‘realistic offer’ were to be made; United yet to have been placed an official bid.
The Old Trafford side have continued to hold discussions over a potential deal, though they have been left frustrated with the slow pace of talks as they are forced to go through intermediaries as opposed to dealing with the German side directly.
Dortmund have remained steadfast in their €120 million valuation of the player, a valuation that United hink is ‘unrealistic‘ given the current economic climate.
Whether a ‘realistic’ bid is in the offing from United CEO Ed Woodward is yet to be seen, and while they could opt to wait a year before trying again, they would run the risk of increased interest in the player should football’s finances recover, Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be admirers.
Meanwhile, Sky also report that Juventus’ Douglas Costa is ‘among the alternatives’ if a deal for Sancho cannot be struck.