Manchester United put Jadon Sancho pursuit on hold amidst financial concerns
According to the Mirror, Manchester United have put off their pursuit of Jadon Sancho by a year.
The 20-year-old was United’s major transfer target this summer. Despite being in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund, United are unwilling to meet their £108million asking price for the player.
With chances of an agreement increasingly unlikely, United could temporarily shelve the plans until next summer.
According to the report, United feel Dortmund’s valuation is unrealistic given the current financial scenario. With Sancho set to demand around £300,000-a-week in wages, United would be making a sizable financial commitment if they sign the youngster.
Add to it the agent fee and Sancho could cost Untied around £200m over a five-year period. Meeting Dortmund’s asking price will also make the 20-year-old the club’s most expensive signing to this date.
The Red Devils hope for matters to stabilize in a year’s time, meaning it will be a better time to make our move.
It could work both ways
The approach is fraught with risk though. The financial crisis has seen a number of clubs opt for a quiet window this time around. If the situation improves, the number of suitors for the English international could also rise.
The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in Sancho. Them rekindling their interest could throw a spanner into our designs. (h/t Mirror)
For now, United still lead the race for the player’s signature. With time running out we will have to make a move or risk waiting for a year during which a lot could change.
Dortmund for their part are happy to keep Sancho. The youngster is currently with the squad as they prepare for the new season. With him extending his contract at the club till 2023, Dortmund is in a position of strength.
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United’s approach is understandable given the current financial crisis. But using it as an excuse to not bring in a potential world-beater seems like a lack of ambition.
Sancho is a special player who has only gotten better. If he continues on his upward trajectory, there is no reason to believe his asking price or the number of suitors will not increase.