Manchester United’s hopes of signing Jadon Sancho at a cut-price fee due to the coronavirus pandemic have been dashed by Dortmund.
The Bundesliga giants are willing to sell Sancho this summer as they understand his wish to return to England after three years in Germany.
However, Dortmund were demanding £120million for Sancho before the pandemic hit and the club had been confident that Manchester United – the frontrunners for the winger’s signature – would pay it.
The pandemic has had a grave effect on club finances and this summer’s transfer window is not expected to come anywhere close to the levels we’ve seen in previous years.
United remain intent on signing Sancho but had hoped to wipe off as much as £30m off Dortmund’s asking price by seeking a deal of around £90m to sign the England winger.
However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insists the club will not agree to ‘coronavirus discounts’ and will demand their full £120m valuation of the 20-year-old.
‘There will not be a cent corona discount, we have clear ideas,’ said Hans-Joachim Watzke.
‘If he wants to leave and a club meets the conditions? We will discuss this [if that happens].’
Though United remain favourites for Sancho’s signature, comments from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this weekend will certainly have worried some supporters.
The German is a known admirer of Sancho but Klopp fears a big money signing could unsettle his dazzling front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Nevertheless, while Klopp all but ruled out a move this summer, he hinted Liverpool could be interested in Sancho in the future.
‘A red jersey would look very good on Jadon Sancho,’ he told Bild. “But I don’t think such a transfer will take place this summer.
‘He is a very interesting player. If he moved to Liverpool, I would be the most surprised of all.’Follow us: