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Manchester United not giving up on Sancho deal yet

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

Sky Sports report that, even though sports manager Michael Zorc of Borussia Dortmund appears to be excluding potential transfers, Manchester United will not give up signing Jadon Sancho this summer.

The British international-valued at £108 million by his club has travelled to Switzerland to join up with the Dortmund squad for their training camp for pre-season.

The transfer fees, the agent fees, and the player’s terms must still be agreed upon in their current circumstances.

Dortmund and agents are not making conversations easy, and any deal would be more straightforward if United could directly negotiate with the German club.

In the past, Dortmund had stated that they needed the deal to buy a replacement for their training camp by the time they left, and sports director Zorc says Sancho will remain with the club today.

“We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, and the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions,” said Zorc to reporters on Monday.

“Last summer, we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then,” he added.


Sancho’s Worth

Sancho is worth 162 m, based on a methodology that determines his contract status, age, international level, and many more measurements. Football Observatory now proposes a price tag of £105 m using a self-assessment algorithm.

United would have improved the possibility to persuade Sancho to reach Old Trafford by qualifying for the Champions League. However, they still deem the €120 m (€108 m) German club price to be “unrealistic” to a player who joined Dortmund three years earlier for €7.2 m under current coronavirus circumstances.

In the last two windows of transfer, United have done major money movements for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes but feel that since the coronavirus pandemic, the business environment has changed – with charges that reflect the difficult financial circumstances.


What does history teach us?

Sports Director Zorc of Dortmund has a tradition of making provocative comments about his best stuff.

‘We have a long-term contract with Ousmane Dembele [until 2021], and with him, we are definite plans, “Zorc said in 2017.

“There are no negotiations [with Barcelona]. Ousmane is going to be playing for Dortmund in the coming season.”

The agreement to sign Dembele for a club-record fee came two months after that from Barcelona.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol says that Michael Zorc, sporting director of Borussia Dortmund, has spoken about it, and that is bad news for the fans of Manchester United. He said Dortmund plans to play with Jadon Sancho next season, and he said he is going to play for them next season. The backstory to all this is that United would sign him, but Dortmund had said they wanted him to settle it by today [Monday]. They had made him their No.

“Even though the transfer window is open for another two months, they said today [Monday] is the deadline because it’s the day their pre-season training camp started in Switzerland. Sancho is at the training camp, and as far as Dortmund are concerned, that is the end of the matter – he is staying.”

“He is the sporting director at Dortmund, so he knows everything that’s happening. I’m not saying that he is not speaking the truth, but there are another two months still to go of the window. Just because United have not made a bid before this self-imposed deadline, does not mean they are not going to make a bid in the next two months.”

He added that Dortmund talk harder, they ‘re planning a future with him, and he’s their player. But I’m sure Dortmund will accept that if United meet the demanding price. This is a fascinating development, and it also shows that this saga will continue.

We have a player who’ll be worth € 120 m, Man United ‘s trying to get him for less, but Dortmund’s right to say he doesn’t go any unless they’ve met the evaluation.

“I still think if United make a big bid, they can still get him, and also what happens to the player himself? A lot of this ends up with what the player wants. United are very quiet, but Dortmund is doing things exactly the way they should. They have placed value, and the player has not agitated for a move, he’s gone to the training camp, and he has not handed in a transfer request.”



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