Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has opened the door to a potential Jadon Sancho exit this summer as Manchester United and Chelsea continue to circle.
The English winger has been one of Dortmund’s standout performers in an otherwise dismal campaign for the eight-time German champions.
Sancho, who joined BVB from Manchester City in 2017, has registered 10 goals and 15 assists across all competitions in 29 appearances this term, showing he is equally comfortable bombing up and down the flanks on the left or on the right.
The Red Devils are in the market for a new right-winger while the Blues have their own problems at the top of the pitch.
Dortmund have shown they are prepared to sell some of their top players on for the right price at the right time having sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea.
And the Bundesliga outfit have refused to rule out the prospect of the club selling their biggest stars in the summer due to the financial repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.
Watzke told Handelsblatt: “In the midst of a pandemic, I no longer rule anything out.
“But it is not necessarily the aim. The most important thing above all else is the financial balance: that we have a strong team on the field and are economically stable at the same time.
“If we play the whole of next season without spectators, we must certainly think about giving up a player. Asking banks for credit lines at the drop of a hat just to avoid selling a player will not be our way.”
Solskjaer made the 20-year-old his top transfer target last summer but Dortmund refused to budge on their initial valuation which was believed to be in the region of £108m.
However, with reports emerging over the past week claiming that Dortmund would now accept an offer of £88m for Sancho due to these unprecedented circumstances, it seems the Red Devils have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of the 18-cap England international ahead of the summer transfer window.
Sancho’s emergence as a forward has essentially corresponded with United’s ongoing struggles on the right wing. Juan Mata’s powers have somewhat waned considerably; at 32, he is no longer physically capable of exploding into life and breaking on the counter from a standing start, while Daniel James and Mason Greenwood have received harsh criticism for their inconsistent form.
Sancho, therefore, could be the answer to all of their problems on the right wing. By the numbers, his 2.5 attempted dribbles overall per game greatly surpasses that of Mata (0.1 pg), James (0.7 pg) and Greenwood (1.1 pg), while his 2.1 shots and 2.6 key passes per 90 in the Bundesliga shows he poses a very real threat to the opposition.
It’s worth remembering that in the last campaign he also scored 17 goals and assisted a further 17 in 32 Bundesliga appearances. For context, that’s more goals than James has managed to contribute towards during his time at Old Trafford.
Signing Sancho could in fact help propel United to the next level if they can bring him to Old Trafford and he is able to hit the ground running.
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