Fresh insight provided into Man United’s Jadon Sancho pursuit

Fresh insight provided into Man United’s Jadon Sancho pursuit

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The story surrounding the future of Dortmund star Sancho of course proved one of the talking points of the summer window.

On the back of another scintillating campaign at Signal Iduna Park, during which he racked up an eye-watering 20 goals and 20 assists, widespread reports hinted at a potential Premier League return for the 20-year-old.

The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and even former club Manchester City were all tipped as possible landing spots, though it was of course Manchester United who were most heavily linked.

The Red Devils were known to be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide, with Sancho having been identified as the club’s first-choice target.

A number of reliable sources even went as far as to suggest that an agreement on the personal terms of a contract had long been found between the parties.

Jadon Sancho

DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 07: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal which is later disallowed by VAR during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Signal Iduna Park on December 07, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Evidently, however, upon the transfer deadline coming and passing, Sancho remained a Dortmund player, as the United board failed to reach an agreement with their Bundesliga counterparts.

‘Start closer to spring’

The latest speculation stemming from the media, however, all appears to point towards the Reds reigniting their pursuit over the months ahead.

And, as outlined above, a fresh insight into not only United’s stance, but also those of both Dortmund and Sancho himself as things stand, has now been forthcoming.

The news comes courtesy of Raphael Honigstein, regarded as something of an expert when it comes to German football.

First, on the possibility of an Old Trafford switch coming to fruition for Sancho this month, Honigstein, during an interview with Sky Sports, explained:

‘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.’

Fresh insight provided into Man United’s Jadon Sancho pursuit

Dortmund’s English midfielder Jadon Sancho celebrate scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match BVB Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt, in Dortmund, western Germany on February 14, 2020. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) / RESTRICTIONS: DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

When it comes to the potential fee being sought by Dortmund, meanwhile, it is added that:

‘United are saying ‘you’re quoting us prices that are pre-corona prices, but come on, that’s not realistic’.’

‘And I think there will come a point where the player will also feel that his value needs to be realistic in order for him to be able to move.’

‘So Dortmund cannot now come back and say, ‘you know what, actually, he’s had another great season, he’s one year older, let’s make it €160m’.’

‘That’s not going to happen. But they want to wait, they want to see how much money will Barcelona have this year? How much money will Real Madrid spend, a club that haven’t spent any money in the last two years? Are they keeping their powder dry, for a big move?’

‘If it’s not Kylian Mbappe, maybe they’re going to go after Jadon Sancho.’

‘So all these things make Dortmund fairly confident they can still achieve a higher valuation.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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