German journalist Raphael Honigstein has provided an insight into the future of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, with a particular emphasis on the interest of Manchester United.
English international Sancho is widely-regarded as one of the finest young talents on the planet.
Since departing Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017, the electric winger has gone on to light up the Bundesliga, with a near-unrivalled combination of touch, pace, ability to beat his man and, crucially, a finished product.
The 2018/19 season saw Sancho rack up 13 goals and a hefty 19 assists across all competitions.
The current campaign, meanwhile, has seen the attacker’s production reach even more impressive heights.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought football to a halt across Europe, the 11-time capped international had already notched 17 goals, to go along with 19 assists.
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This level of consistent excellence has inevitably resulted in rumours that Sancho has been added to the wishlists of a number of Europe’s top clubs.
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To this point, though, the outfit most persistently-touted as a potential destination have been Manchester United.
The Athletic recently revealed that Sancho is ‘very open’ to the prospect of a move to Old Trafford, with the Dortmund starlet said to favour a return to England over testing his talents in La Liga.
‘It’s down to United’
And, as outlined above, a further insight has this weekend been provided into the links between Sancho and United, courtesy of a man considered ‘in the know’ when it comes to German football.
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard, Raphael Honigstein revealed that, as things stand, Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s men do appear to be in the driver’s seat for Sancho.
However, the Athletic writer was also quick to highlight Dortmund’s outstanding record in securing premium fees for their players, suggesting that a deal this summer, considering the current financial climate, looks unlikely:
‘There’s a view that I’ve seen reflected in some of the media coverage that Dortmund are desperate for cash and will sell, and the prices will come down, and United will be in a position to swoop – but I’m not sure that’s 100 per cent accurate.’
‘There’s a bigger chance that Dortmund will say: ‘You know what, the market is depressed.’ If you have a lovely house to sell and you can’t sell it this summer, why would you?’
‘The only thing working in United’s favour is that his contract is running down and they could make the argument that… there’s a discount to be had.’
‘But I would expect Dortmund, as they have often done, to find some kind of agreement with the player if that is the case, that they would maybe extend the contract by another year just to protect the value, the way they did with [Christian] Pulisic as well.’
‘[Robert] Lewandowski is the one guy that left without being sold. Mario] Gotze had a release clause so there was nothing they could do about it, but everybody else, Dortmund got a lot of money: whether it’s [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, or [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, or [Shinji] Kagawa, or [Nuri] Sahin, or Pulisic, they sell really well, so I’d expect them to be pretty smart.’
‘Eventually it’s down to United; if United feel that they can get through this crisis relatively unscathed – and everyone expects the transfer window to be much later than usual – they might be in a position in August or September to say: ‘You know what, yes we are in the Champions League, football is coming back, we can do this now, or maybe we can only do it in January.’
‘But I don’t think Dortmund will make the mistake of somehow rushing this because they need the cash – they are not in that position.’
🗣️ “His contract is running down and they [United] could make the argument that… there’s a discount to be had.”
Raphael Honigstein evaluates Manchester United’s chances of signing Jadon Sancho this summer.
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This article was edited by Josh Barker.