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The Sancho Saga: The Story So Far

Jadon Sancho to Manchester United

Manchester United’s admiration for Sancho has been no secret and whilst there are still over 8 weeks until the transfer window shuts, there has been plenty of drama already as United look to sign the England international despite Dortmund’s insistence that Sancho is going nowhere.

Monday 3rd August

The BBC report that Borussia Dortmund have handed Manchester United a deadline of August 10th to agree a deal for Jadon Sancho. Dortmund set the deadline because they wanted undisturbed preparation for the upcoming season, which starts on September 18th. The Bundesliga giants were still holding firm with their price tag of over £100 million for the 20-year-old. It looked as though Sancho to United could finally be happening. 

Wednesday 5th August

Sky Sports report that Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms with Jadon Sancho on a five-year deal. Sky also stated that Dortmund seem more open to accepting less money up front than all the £108 million that they initially demanded. News that made United fans delirious. A deal was surely inevitable now. Surely?

Saturday 8th August

With just two days to go until the deadline, German Newspaper, Bild, report that Borussia Dortmund will offer Jadon Sancho a new contract with a sizeable salary increase if United do not reach the £108 million asking price by Monday. Despite personal terms reportedly being met, the two clubs were still yet to agree on the price, with United still maintaining that £108 million is too much for Sancho. The new contract would surpass the £190,000-a-week the star is currently on. 

Monday 10th August

Deadline day. Had United been able to secure a deal? No. Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, had some disappointing news for United fans. Zorc said that Dortmund ‘plan on having Sancho in their team next season’ and ‘the decision is final’. Sancho’s contract runs out in 2023, so the German club did not feel pressured into selling Sancho this summer at a lower price by United, with transfer negotiations reported to be slow.

Thursday 13th August

Jadon Sancho spoke out for the first time, after a preseason friendly in Switzerland, however, it was not the news that United wanted to hear as Sancho spoke about how ‘really happy’ he is to play with his ‘special’ team and how he wants to ‘guide’ Dortmund’s young players such as Jude Bellingham and Giovanni Reyna. It appears that any move this season is all but off.

Whilst August 10th was just an artificial deadline and they have until October 5th to try and get a deal done, it does not look very likely that United will be able to prize Sancho away from Dortmund at this present moment. Perhaps it’s time for United to turn their attention to some of their other targets, such as Kingsley Coman and Jack Grealish.

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