The speculation around Jadon Sancho has been the centre of the transfer window so far. With Manchester United the only club after him this summer.
The latest from the Dortmund camp is that they have made it clear Jadon Sancho will not be leaving the club this summer. Michael Zorc, the Dortmund director, confirmed that after the deadline they set the Manchester club passed.
From previous windows there seems to be a similar pattern with Dortmund saying one thing but doing another in the end. With both Dembele and Aubameyang leaving after initial suggestions they would stay at the club.
However, Dortmund seem as firm as ever with there stance, with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke suggesting; “Sancho staying is set in stone. We will not discuss the details.”
There is also no suggestions that Jadon Sancho will kick up a fuss for this move and looks happy to stay for at least another season.
But are United wasting this opportunity?
In my view? Yes.
Many of Europe’s biggest clubs seem to be keeping their money in their pockets this summer. With the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona indicating that they will not be spending huge amounts due to Covid19. This provided Manchester United with a free run at Sancho, in a similar way that Chelsea have managed to find themselves in with Kai Havertz. Both are high on the list of the most talented and sort after youngsters in Europe. With them each having impressive seasons at their clubs.
There is no doubt that if Sancho stays another season his price rises and so does the number of clubs in for him. There are suggestions that he has his mind set on Manchester United, but that stance of his can change with some of the best coaches in football potentially after the youngster.
The likes of Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of the winger and admitted he had a conversation with Liverpool Chiefs before the England star went to Dortmund, about whether it would be possible for him to join an already potent Liverpool front three. He said; “We are not blind – we saw him, we liked him and then we think: ‘Can we get him?’”
Manchester United have not got the same pulling power as they once did under Sir Alex Ferguson. They have managed to get themselves back in the Champions league, which is a massive help, but still fall short on the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern and PSG in terms of the calibre of coaching and the project they could offer the youngster.
With some of the biggest clubs in Europe out of the question this summer, it is pivotal that Manchester United take this opportunity. Even with Dortmund’s tough stance, money talks and everyone has a price.
They must test Dortmund’s resolve this summer or it might really be now or never for Sancho and United.