Manchester United’s long-standing pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has taken a new twist, as per recent claims from Germany.
Manchester United’s persistent attempts to lure Sancho away from Dortmund last summer came to no avail. The Red Devils named the English winger as their top transfer target and were mounting tremendous pressure on the Bundesliga outfit to sanction the deal. On the other hand, the Germans slapped a staggering £108million price tag on Sancho’s head and had stuck to their guns until the transfer window was over. United even reached out with a massive £93million bid just before the deadline, only to see their approach rebuffed by Die Borussen.
Indeed, Dortmund have endured the siege, eventually managing to keep Sancho at Signal Iduna Park for at least one more season. Little did they know the 20-year-old’s form will take a downward curve this campaign. A summer jammed-full of wild transfer speculations seems to have left a mark on Sancho. The former Manchester City youth academy graduate has started the new season with a whimper rather than a bang, failing to emulate the form that rose him to prominence back in 2019/20. With the young forward’s impact dwindling this term, Dortmund have had a change of heart.
Man Utd transfer target Jadon Sancho ACCIDENTALLY steals Dortmund captain’s armband vs Augsburg and unleashes best form https://t.co/xr3UJ6XMGR— The Sun – Man Utd (@SunManUtd) January 31, 2021
According to German news outlet SportBILD, the Bundesliga giants have deemed their prized asset disposable and are ready to bring down their valuation of Sancho to £88million. A £20m reduction on their previous asking price could breathe United’s pursuit of the Englishman fresh air. A track leading to Sancho has gone cold since the summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side switching their attention over to the highly-rated teenager Amad Diallo. The Old Trafford outfit splashed out €40million, add-ons included, to snap up the 18-year-old from Atalanta back in January.
After adding Diallo to his star-studded attack, it remains uncertain whether Solskjaer would want to reignite his interest in Sancho. Yet, Dortmund’s ongoing financial struggle could incent Manchester United to re-open negotiations, as the transfer could be beneficial for both sides at this point. While Borussia would plug their financial hole, United would increase competition in their attacking department, bringing in a pair of fresh legs.
With Euro 2020 just around the corner, Manchester United may want to come at full bore to avoid being dragged into another exhausting round of talks with Dortmund. Sancho would undoubtedly provide a quantum leap in the quality of United’s squad. However, if he shines in the upcoming Euro, there’s no doubt Borussia could return to the previous position and try to extort north of £100million from potential buyers.