Borussia Dortmund do not anticipate Manchester United making an offer close to Jadon Sancho’s £108million asking price in the final two weeks of the window, it has been claimed. Sancho has been linked to the Premier League giants throughout the summer.
It is well known Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to have Sancho on the right wing at Old Trafford, adding to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack.
The England international has lit up the German top division in recent seasons to become a regular for the Three Lions and establish himself as one of the continent’s brightest up-and-coming attacking talents.
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But United’s only addition so far has been the £40m arrival of attacking midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax.
While they have been in talks with Dortmund throughout the window, which closes on October 5, United have made it clear they are unwilling to meet the Bundesliga outfit’s valuation of Sancho, 20.
An agreement has been reached between United and the player over the terms he would take if he moved back to Manchester, having previously been a part of Manchester City’s youth academy.
But with the two clubs well apart in terms of the fee that will be paid for the forward, with bids of £89m and then £90m upfront and £18m in performance-related add-ons both rejeceted, German football expert Raphael Honigstein insists Dortmund do not believe United vice-executive chairman Ed Woodward will return with a package meeting their demands.
Honigstein told The Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman podcast: “I’m not sure he [Sancho] will dominate the rest of the transfer window! Certainly in Germany there’s almost nothing about this story.
“People just seem to be taking Dortmund’s insistence that no transfer will happen at face value.
“They set that public deadline of the 10th of August, United haven’t even come close to putting in a bid that meets anywhere near the €120million valuation that Dortmund have put on him.
“And many, many Dortmund players have come out to say how much they enjoy the fact he will be with them next season.
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“That’s not to say that things can still develop, United might find some money somewhere or Ed Woodward will win the EuroMillions and put a huge bid in.
“It doesn’t seem to be anticipated by anyone at Dortmund. At the moment, as things stand, most indications are that he will indeed stay.
“The fact that they started well, I don’t think has any impact one way or the other but it does show how exciting this Dortmund team are now with Sancho, [Erling Braut] Haaland, Gio Reyna and the new addition of Jude Bellingham just behind them.”
United legend Gary Neville has suggested that powerbroker Woodward is at fault for Solskjaer not having a squad equipped to challenge in place for the new Premier League season after their 3-1 opening game defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday.
The Red Devils were convincingly beaten by the Eagles at Old Trafford with very few positives for the hosts.
He wrote for Sky Sports: “The problem is, they have to find a way to get deals done and they can’t get deals done efficiently.
“And it is negligence not to get the squad in place, they have had six months since March when lockdown was on being able to deliberate, do zoom calls, connect with agents, move things into place.
“I know Liverpool have only got theirs done in the last couple of days, but there is a feeling they are in control.
“United have got the money – if they can spend £90m-100m on Sancho, they have got the money to do the deals.
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“They have not got the quality or experience of football people within that club, it looks like a convoluted and complex structure, I’m not quite sure where the decisions lie.
“Liverpool are definite, they are precise. Look at Chelsea, they are definite and precise, Man City are, but Man Utd do not seem able to get their business done.
“And that unfortunately has been a massive problem, whether it be signing the wrong player…. I think the recruitment has been better and more precise in the last 18 months.
“The problem Man Utd have got is that they have not got the authority and control in the transfer market. The people who are hearing these words and seeing them, they will not like it.
“But they have got to hear it, because they are not doing their jobs. The football players on the pitch did not do their jobs, the manager is going to get accused of not doing his job.
“The people in the stands whose job is to put that team on the pitch, build a football team that can win the league and the people in the stand who have been at Man Utd for eight years now have not had the ability to build a football team that can win the league.
“And that is a problem, that is your job – to build a football team to win the league and they have not been able to do it. And they have to find a way of doing it quickly as these years are going to drag on.”
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