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Man Utd pursue 'realistic' Sancho transfer – but what's different this summer?


Manchester United are again looking to sign Jadon Sancho having missed out on the winger last summer.

The Englishman has flourished since moving to Borussia Dortmund and could return to Manchester in the coming months.

United made moves to sign Sancho last summer but the Bundesliga side dug their heels in.

A date was set by which Dortmund wanted to know whether the winger was part of the pre-season plans or not.

United were unable to sign him before the deadline and the Germans then refused to entertain his exit.

12 months on though and the Red Devils are back with Sky Sports claiming Old Trafford is Sancho’s “most likely destination”.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add a winger to his squad this summer and the 21-year-old perfectly suits the profile of player he wants to attract.

It didn’t happen last year, but things are certainly different this time round.



Jadon Sancho is again of transfer interest to Man Utd
Jadon Sancho is again of transfer interest to Man Utd

Price drop

Last summer Dortmund slapped a £108m price tag on their English import.

United initially appeared reluctant to pay such a fee as they counted the cost of the pandemic.

They were unable to drive the price down however which contributed to their inability to get the deal done.

Now though £80m looks as if it’ll be enough for Dortmund to sell Sancho.

The Bundesliga side recently forecasted huge losses of around €75m and need to make that money back meaning their hand could be forced.

Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s CEO, has also confessed that a “gentleman’s agreement” exists with the player.

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The German club are keen to retain Erling Haaland
The German club are keen to retain Erling Haaland

Utd on the top, Dortmund not

For much of last season it looked as if Dortmund could’ve ended their title drought and dethroned Bayern Munich.

It wasn’t to be but it looked as if there was plenty to be positive about.

At the same time in England United were struggling, meandering around the top half but not showing any real ambition.

The signing of Bruno Fernandes changed that though and a full season with the Portuguese star driving the standards has seen United finish second.

Meanwhile Dortmund needed to win their last seven games to ensure a place in next season’s Champions League, which at one point looked unlikely.

United will again invest whilst Dortmund are battling to keep hold of their top players.

Now might be the right time for Sancho to join a team desperate to take the next step.

Haaland priority

Sancho might be a star at Signal Iduna Park, but for many he’s not even the main attraction.

That role is undertaken by one Erling Haaland, himself a United target.

The Norwegian scored 41 goals in all competitions for Dortmund last term and remains one of football’s hottest properties.

Dortmund will know they cannot keep hold of Haaland forever, but are determined to enjoy his quality for a little while longer.

His release clause comes into affect next summer, but for now they are free to warn off suitors.

Zorc has said that “under certain conditions” Dortmund would let Sancho leave in the coming months.

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It appears from the outside at least that, if they could only keep one, Haaland would be their man.





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