Transfers

Dortmund CEO Watzke Opens Doors to Exit for Manchester United Target Amid Financial Concerns

By Amreen
Borussia Dortmund might be forced to sell players this summer to avoid a crisis
Borussia Dortmund might be forced to sell players this summer to avoid a crisis / Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that the club might be open to selling certain players this summer as they look to avoid a financial crisis.

Clubs all over the world have been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Watzke has insisted that Dortmund would "no longer rule anything out" in terms of transfers this summer.

The news comes as a huge boost to Manchester United, who continue to be interested in securing Jadon Sancho's services. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side fell short of signing the England international last summer after the Bundesliga giants refused to reduce their eye-watering £108million price tag.

However, as per Watzke's comments, their steadfast position has now changed. "In the midst of a pandemic, I no longer rule anything out," he told Handelsblatt.

"But it is not necessarily aspired to. Above all, there is the financial balance: that we have a strong team on the field and are economically stable at the same time. Asking banks for credit lines at the drop of a hat just to avoid selling a player will not be our way."

Watzke was very straightforward with his comments on how the global pandemic has impacted his club. When asked about Dortmund's finances right now, he simply stated: "As long as the situation continues, we will not be in the black.”

Earlier this month, it was claimed that Dortmund had dropped their asking price for Sancho to £88m, making him an affordable target for a number of interested parties, including United and Chelsea. Sancho has made 29 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring 10 goals and recording 15 assists.

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