The transfer that every Manchester United fan has been waiting for, for more than a year now is finally about to see the light of the day. Reports from ESPN reveal that Jadon Sancho move to United is all but complete and that personal terms and agent fees have been agreed upon by all the parties. Both the clubs are now said to be negotiating the finer details of net transfer fees including bonuses and other clauses that the contract would comprise of.
The much-awaited deal has been a long time coming and all the so-called “progress” at Old Trafford is about to get a tangible boost should it eventually come to fruition. The rumours about Jadon Sancho ’s transfer have been circling Manchester United right since his departure from United’s rivals across the city. Manchester United’s attempt at securing Sancho’s signature during the previous summer transfer window are well documented and an unsuccessful endeavor last time around has seen an unexpected willingness to reach an amicable conclusion this time around from all parties involved.
The player has developed greatly in the youth-oriented system of Borussia Dortmund under different managers. In the four years he has spent at the club, he amassed an impressive total of 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 appearances proving his worth as a goal provider and scorer equally. No doubt he is one of the most coveted prospects on the planet right now and his place in England’s Euro 2020 squad at just 21-years of age speaks volumes about how far he has come already.
After a much lengthy and protracted transfer saga last season that eventually led to nothing, Borussia Dortmund have lowered their asking price this time around to €95 million including bonuses (last year’s price was around €120 million). However, according to reports, Dortmund have subsequently rejected the initial bid of around €78 million for submitted by Manchester United for Jadon Sancho and are holding out for something more closer to their asking price.
Fabrizio Romano in a recent update has revealed that the Red Devils hierarchy are carefully working on quickly wrapping up this transfer as they do not want a repeat of last year’s histrionics which eventually led to a full-blown embarrassment for them. Last year’s transfer negotiations saw a significant difference of around €20-30 million between United’s bid and Dortmund’s expectation which eventually scuppered the deal.
Manchester United are working hard on Sancho deal as ‘too long negotiation’ is not the best strategy with BVB asking for €95m 🔴 #MUFC
All people involved in negotiations now ‘confident’, but cautious after what happened a year ago.
After personal terms, agents fee agreed too.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 11, 2021
However, this time around United seem to have come up with a ‘Ballon d’Or’ clause to offset which would have been triggered if the player finished in the top three at the prestigious annual awards ceremony. This is reportedly said to be Ed Woodward’s work who famously used it during the Antony Martial Transfer. But, Dortmund seemed to have rejected the bonus idea from United and are looking for a more realistic and straightforward clause that depends on titles and appearances. According to the report, Dortmund will push for instalments based on United ‘s future income determined by the success of their entire rather than gunning for Jadon Sancho ‘s individual success.
Having said that, the deal could well possibly be closed by sometime next week since both Dortmund and United are keen on wrapping up the deal quickly to focus on other transfer obligations.
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This is the exact kind of statement signing that United fans have been long pining for. So close and yet so far has really been the motto for the team for the last couple of seasons and this could well be that X-factor that the team needs to cross the line and get their hands on the first silverware under Solskjaer. Moreover, Sancho’s inclusion will also lessen the burden on Bruno, who has had to carry the team single-handedly on his shoulders at times this season.
This is a transfer with purpose and focuses on a long-term strategy to get the club back to the top where they belong. Everything about this transfer is an ominous sign and a show of trust on Ole by the owners. This brings his job closer to the edge now that he is given the star signing he asked for along with increased expectations from the fans. Could well be a do or die season for him now.
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