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Manchester United have taken a firm stance on Jadon Sancho’s future acutely aware to clubs interested in signing the exiled star.
Sancho was frozen out of the first team by Erik ten Hag back in September after the England international publicly challenged his manager’s reason for leaving him out of United’s squad to face Arsenal on September, 3.
Ten Hag stated in his post-match press conference that Sancho was left out due to a lack of effort in training, something the player hit back at by effectively calling the Dutchman a liar on social media. Sancho hasn’t been involved in any matchday squad since and their feud now rumbles into its tenth week with the 23-year-old yet to apologise.
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Sancho’s refusal to apologise has seen him remain exiled from the first-team. The £73million signing is banned from first-team facilities, and forced to train and change alone and eat by himself at the training ground.
Ten Hag has decided the only option now is to offload Sancho in the January transfer window. However, an exit isn’t straightforward as United are not prepared to take a huge hit on the fee they paid Borussia Dortmund just two years ago, according to the Mirror.
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United had previously wanted £50m for Sancho due to him still having his best years ahead of him, but clubs have yet been unwilling to match that figure for a player who is clearly unhappy and an exit is wanted by both parties. Sancho’s enormous £275,000 per-week wages are also a sticking point with Juventus rejecting to pay the bulk of his salary or even a loan fee.
Another potential escape route is Saudi Arabia, should Sancho not be able to find a move to remain in Europe. Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq showed their interest in a loan move in the summer, but even the riches of the Saudi Pro League are refusing to commit to a £50m obligation to buy at the end of the season.
Sancho has refused to apologise and it’s said that even if he holds out the olive branch now, Ten Hag believes that any apology would be insincere due to the amount of time moving on from their original bust up.
Incoming billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants a meeting with Ten Hag to discover what can be done regarding Sancho’s situation. The Ineos chief is concerned about the winger’s depleting value the longer he spends out in the wilderness.
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