Manchester United are reportedly planning to revive their interest in Jadon Sancho when the transfer window reopens in the summer and are hopeful of landing the Borussia Dortmund starlet on a cut-price deal.
Sancho was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer last year, but Dortmund ultimately refused to budge on their €120m (£105m) asking price and as a result he ended up staying in the Bundesliga.
However, it seems the circumstances have now changed, given the severity of the club’s current financial difficulties.
Dortmund have toiled on the field this term which has led to the sacking of Lucien Favre – a chief supporter of Sancho – while the off-field drama has continued to dominate the headlines.
According to Eurosport, Ed Woodward is confident they can strike a deal for the 20-year-old this summer by offering Dortmund a compromise something closer to £50m.
While it’s no secret that the £160,ooo-a-week Sancho is United’s No. 1 priority in the transfer market, let us proceed with a note of caution.
While Woodward wants to sign him for less than half their initial price, the recent noises coming out of the Signal Iduna Park suggest that Dortmund are only willing to let the England international leave should a club match their £88m asking price for the right winger which they consider to be a fair valuation given the impact of these unprecedented circumstances.
The Bundesliga giants signed the former Manchester City academy prospect for a fee in the region of £10m in 2017. Looking back, it’s fair to say that that was a total snip, having scored 42 goals and 57 assists in 125 games for Dortmund, per Transfermarkt.
For context, that’s more than Daniel James has managed during his time at Old Trafford, which suggests that Sancho would be a significant upgrade on the former Swansea City winger.
Given that Sancho has attracted interest from practically every club across Europe and at the age of 20 is considered to be one of the best players of his generation, it’s unlikely £50m will be enough to seal the deal.
For many United fans, Woodward’s tactics will no doubt feel rather familiar. Whether they will work is another matter entirely.
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