Manchester United can’t afford to match Dortmund’s asking price of €120m and they’re now trying to ‘save face’ over Sancho, says Christian Falk.
Sancho has been a long-term target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as part of the Manchester United manager’s rebuilding job at Old Trafford.
It was only over a week ago that reports emerged claiming the Red Devils were engaged in ‘advanced talks’ for the highly-rated 20-year-old. Things finally seemed in motion until he boarded a plane to Dortmund’s training camp in Switzerland.
Sporting director Michael Zorc then announced that Sancho would be going nowhere this summer.
Although it’s not the first time either that Zorc has made this statement, only for the player to leave weeks later. Ousmane Dembele (2017) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2018) are the most recent examples.
🗣 Michael Zorc – “Dembele has a long contract. He will definitely play with us next season.”
🗣 Michael Zorc – “Aubameyang will stay until summer. His camp understands this.”
🗣 Michael Zorc – “Jadon Sancho will play with us next season.”
— Transfer News (@TransferChecker) August 10, 2020
But the head of football for German outlet Bild, Christian Falk, suggests otherwise. He claims United can’t match Borussia Dortmund’s €120m demands. The Sancho saga, therefore, has become a face-saving exercise instead.
“The offers – which weren’t official, that’s why they used the agent – were very low,” Falk, said on the Pod Save the Ball podcast.
“They talked about €60m max, with €80m [in total, with add-ons]. So, Man United are trying to save face, because they don’t have at the moment the €120m they said they were getting.
“They’ve got the [personal terms] agreement [with Sancho]. But Dortmund did it very well, they’re in a brilliant situation because they don’t have to sell him, they have that one-year more contract, so they’ve got a lot of time.
“They can sell him next year better than this year, next year the corona things might not be an influence on the market.
“They can do poker as they want, and that’s why Manchester United are disappointed because Dortmund don’t have to sell.”