Borussia Dortmund have hinted that Manchester United may still have to pay £108million to sign Jadon Sancho next summer despite the Red Devils having been reluctant to meet the player’s valuation in the summer window just gone.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Sancho his top target and wanted the England international to join Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in his attack.
The Red Devils, though, failed to broker an agreement with Dortmund having hoped that the German club would reduce their demands.
The Bundesliga outfit however stuck to their £108m price tag – which United labelled unrealistic in a post-coronavirus market – and the Premier League heavyweights had to give up on a deal.
United agreed personal terms with the 20-year-old, who was eager to move to Old Trafford and return to his home country.
It is widely expected that Solskjaer and co will return with a bid for the winger, who can play on the right or off the left, in 2021.
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And while Dortmund are not opposed to selling the player at the right price, it appears they will not be backing down over the wide-man, who is under contract at the Signal Iduna Park until 2023.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke hinted that Sancho’s asking price will not change in 12 months’ time but said at the very least they will not accept any attempts to negotiate a lower fee.
Watzke said, without explicitly naming United: “[They] misjudged the situation.
“We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer. In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.
“I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he’s here. We had an agreement with him and it didn’t look like that.”
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Sancho has one goal and two assists in four appearances across all competitions for Dortmund so far this season.
The Manchester City attacker is looking to reproduce the numbers he managed last term, when he contributed 20 goals and 20 assists in 44 games.
Fabrizio Romano meanwhile recently claimed that Sancho was on the cusp of a move to United in July before they sought to renegotiate a deal at the last minute.
“Jadon Sancho was really one step away from joining Manchester United at the end of July and the start of August. He was one step away,” Romano told his Here We Go podcast.
“It’s also been confirmed by some agents who were in contact with United because of other players, they met with United’s board in these days at the end of July and the start of August and everyone said, ‘United have signed Sancho. It’s just a matter of details.’
“What happened? They changed the structure of the payment of Sancho, saying like, ‘We’re going to pay €80m with add-ons.’
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“United were really convinced that before deadline day, and at the end of September, that Borussia Dortmund would be ready to accept a different bid – not just €120m (£108m) but €90m (£81m), more add-ons, payments in two or three years to try to sign Sancho.
“They said, ‘Okay it’s the coronavirus summer, we need money, every club needs money, let’s try at the end of the summer.’
“But the position of Dortmund was still the same, ‘We will sell the player for €120m.’
“They said they had the deadline but if United would arrive with €120m, also on deadline day, Dortmund were going to sell Sancho. It was just a matter of money, of paying immediately €120m.
“The player was pushing, we always said he wasn’t going to force his move to United but he’s ready to join and he’s also a bit disappointed about what happened.
“I’m told by people close to Jadon that he’s a bit disappointed and he was expecting United to make a bid to sign him this summer.
“Pay attention to the situation for January, for next summer. But Jadon is a bit disappointed and United have to show really if they want him.
“I think they saved some money this summer. They said no to Dembele for €60m (£55million), they said no to Ismaila Sarr for €50m (£45million).
“That’s why I think they want to try again for Sancho but they need to convince again Jadon, because he’s a bit disappointed about what happened and he really strongly wanted to join United.
“It’s not about money. He doesn’t want anything more about the money or the contract, they need to show him they want him.”
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