MANCHESTER UNITED & BORUSSIA DORTMUND CONTINUE SANCHO TALK
Manchester United remain in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of England international, Jadon Sancho.
There remains a gap in valuation, but talks are said to be “moving in the right direction” and all parties are more optimistic of getting a deal done this summer.
Discussions over the 21-year-old’s transfer are centered around the overall fee Dortmund want and United’s structure of payments.
It is thought the asking price will be significantly less than the £108m Dortmund wanted last summer – largely due to the economic effects of the ongoing pandemic and the fact Sancho is entering the final two years of his contract.
Personal terms are not expected to be an issue after they were finalized when United tried to sign Sancho last summer.
United remain the most “realistic destination” for Sancho – though other clubs are still interested.
Asked if his future is an unwanted distraction ahead of Euro 2020, Sancho told talkSPORT “No, I’m cool about it.
“You know, there’s always going to be speculation, especially when you do well.
“It’s just how you handle that on the pitch and just keep doing what you’re doing.
“If you keep on doing that then I’m sure that won’t be a problem because the main thing is my football and that’s what I’m focused on at the moment.”
Potential future club team-mates Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire are all in the England squad alongside Sancho as talk rumbles on, but the winger has been giving little away.
“Of course, all the boys have a lot of questions, you know,” he added.
“I feel like that’s with a lot of players because we’re all such great young talents and, you know, when you do well – again, like I said – speculation is always going to come around.
“Again, I just tell the boys, ‘Look, I’m just focused on football at the moment’ and we just focus on the Euros, step by step.”
Sky Sports News’ James Cooper writes: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked about ‘finetuning’ this summer rather than wholesale changes with a suggestion there will be one major, marquee signing accompanied by a couple of other new faces.
“Finance was an issue last summer and a year of football amidst a pandemic has not made the economics any easier at Old Trafford either, so I don’t expect a huge cash injection to suddenly make everything alright.
“After extending Edinson Cavani’s stay in Manchester and with hopes high for Mason Greenwood’s continuing development, it would be a surprise if one of either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland arrived at Old Trafford. It does not mean they have not been looked at, they have, but Manchester United have other areas they need to strengthen and their transfer cash can only stretch so far.
“Raising finance from player sales or freeing up big chunks of wages from departures would, again, allow a greater flexibility and Solskjaer and his recruitment team also remain admirers of Sancho.
“The key to what Manchester United want to do, against a backdrop where supporters are demanding big names despite the impact of COVID, is close the gap on Manchester City and prepare for a real tilt at the Champions League next season. It’s the first transfer window for the club’s new recruitment structure too and they can expect to be busy in the weeks ahead.”