Manchester United outcast Jadon Sancho prefers European football over a lucrative deal in the Saudi Pro League
Manchester United forward Jadon Sancho wants to stay in Europe instead of joining a Saudi Pro League for money. The Red Devils anticipate the departure of the 23-year-old in January following a falling out with manager Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag criticised Sancho’s performance in training after the 3-1 loss against Arsenal earlier in the season. He took to social media to defend his commitment to training, accusing the manager of using him as a scapegoat.
United banished the England international from using first-team facilities unless he apologised for his actions. Sancho has not apologised and maintained that he has been a victim of double standards at the club.
Metro report that Sancho wants to continue playing in Europe instead of moving to a Saudi Pro League club. Nevertheless, the Saudi clubs can afford the massive wages of the 23-year-old which he is currently earning at United.
The report additionally highlights interest in the Englishman from Juventus and Sancho’s former club, Borussia Dortmund. However, both the European teams cannot afford a permanent deal for Sancho due to his high wages. Furthermore, the Red Devils would want to recoup most of what they have spent on Sancho.
The Red Devils signed Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m during the summer of 2021. The 23-year-old earned a global reputation for his sublime performances for the German club.
Sancho made 137 appearances for Dortmund while contributing 50 goals and 64 assists during his time at the German club. However, the 23-year-old only managed 12 goals and six assists in 82 games for United, struggling to deliver consistently.
Both physical and mental issues played a significant role in the poor run of form at United for Sancho. Many fans and experts criticised Ten Hag for his player management and for announcing Sancho’s mental battles without any consent.
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A permanent deal would be mutually beneficial for both the player and the club as Sancho and Ten Hag have reached an impasse. United cannot afford to have a player with such massive wages to just deteriorate on the sidelines. At the same time, Sancho needs regular football under a manager he can trust in order to fulfil the potential he showed at Dortmund.