It is no more a secret that Manchester United have been long-time admirers of Jadon Sancho and are ready to break the bank to acquire his services. The winger signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2017 from Manchester City and has proved to be their star-man alongside Marco Reus and teenage sensation Erling Haaland and now has a host of high profile clubs on his tail.
Sancho has scored an impressive 20 goals and registered 20 assists in all competitions so far this season, resulting in Borussia Dortmund upping their asking price substantially for his services. Even so, he has looked equally sharp, despite his limited appearances following the Bundesliga restart after the Coronavirus outbreak making his asking price look all the more inconsequential and justified to United supporters.
Providing further clarity on this very issue, previously BILD claimed that any club offering up and above ‘130 million euros’ would be the only way for Dortmund to change they stance saying :
“If a club offered 130 million euros for the exceptional talent, the club would let him go. Now only Manchester United can be considered.”
The report from BILD which are mostly reliable stated that only a club like Manchester United can pay that much of a fee, more so in these present conditions. Besides, the 20-year-old England international is keen to return to his country and even though there are also reports suggest that Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in Jadon Sancho, the player prefers moving to United and it would be his most likely destination of Dortmund gave their approval.
The major visible roadblock is the current financial scenario of clubs amidst the pandemic and availability of funds would certainly play a huge role in Sancho’s signing.
Moreover, Sancho signing for United depends highly on their qualification for next season’s Champions League. United currently sits 5th in the Premier League table and could surely qualify for the Champions League if, Man City’s 2-year European ban is upheld by the CAS. Meanwhile, United are still playing in the Europa League and have also recently, qualified for the FA Cup Semifinals. Winning the former can also provide qualification to Europe’s most coveted tournament while winning the other would provide assured entry to the Europa League.
So with a probable Champions League position in the bag the only question remains whether United will actually up the ante and sign a cheque of £100m for their prized summer target.
Its something United do not want to do at the moment and with the pandemic wrecking havoc on everyones finances and transfer budgets, United will look at implementing some of the most obvious negotiating tactics to get their way and that is exactly what they have done by leaking to Sky Sports they are in the market for Sancho — but won’t pay over £50m for his transfer fee.
Not only do they intend to shatter Dortmund’s asking price of 130 million euros, they want to bring it down to less than £100m and somewhere between £70m to £80m is where they want to settle this deal in my opinion.
The reason why this is all so plausible is because like United, Dortmund too have had to deal with major financial implications from the pandemic outbreak with a report from DW stating that Dortmund have infact had to incur losses of around £41m this season which is a clear contrast to their public stance of no COVID-19 discount on Sancho as cited in Metro.
The 20-year-old winger could be the last piece in United’s jigsaw as the Red Devils do not have a dedicated right-winger in their squad. Currently, 18-year-old Mason Greenwood occupies the right-wing of United’s attack. He could perfectly fit in Ole’s 4-3-3 formation, alongside Rashford and Martial in the front three and form a lip-smacking attacking triumvirate that could become the envy of the League.
Jadon Sancho's 2019-20 Bundesliga season by numbers:
77 take-ons completed
69 chances created
19 big chances created
And countless records broken. ? pic.twitter.com/YP5JxqpMhM
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 27, 2020
Liverpool, already crowned as the Premier League Champions, would undoubtedly be further bolstered next season. The same goes for our city rivals Manchester City, who would leave no stone unturned to challenge for the Premier League title next season. Moreover, Chelsea will challenge harder in the Premier League next season, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner already adding to their firepower next season.
Now, for Manchester United to join their ranks in equal measure next season, they need to be able to secure the signature of players like Jadon Sancho and despite the financial turmoil and increasing burden without match attendees, United are still best placed and on track to secure their primary transfer target next season and their recent tact seems to be the very first clear initiative on their part that truly expresses their intent about this deal.
No one knows how the situation will pan out and when would the fans be allowed inside the stadiums. However, it only seems to be a matter of time before United could finally get their apt replacement for the Vacant No. 7 Jersey.
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