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Borussia Dortmund CEO provides update on Jadon Sancho's future

Ali Rampling
Feb 27, 2021, 10:00 AM GMT
Dortmund's CEO has stated that sales may be necessary in the summer
Dortmund's CEO has stated that sales may be necessary in the summer | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has stated that the club will favour selling players in the summer over taking out a bank loan, suggesting that they could be willing to let Jadon Sancho depart for Manchester United.

The Red Devils spent the 2020 transfer window pursuing the England international, but their refusal to meet Dortmund's £108m asking price resulted in Sancho staying put.

However, Dortmund are feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and could be forced to sell their prized assets in the summer in order to balance the books.

United failed to meet Sancho's asking price in the summer - but could land him for less in 2021
United failed to meet Sancho's asking price in the summer - but could land him for less in 2021 | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

As a result, 90min revealed in January that United are confident that they can land Sancho for considerably less than the £108m they were quoted with last as summer.

"In the midst of a pandemic, I no longer rule anything out," Watzke told German news outlet 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."

Reports in Germany have claimed that, following the pandemic, Dortmund would accept an offer of £88m for the winger.

Watzke's comments may also be of interest to Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid, with the trio of clubs linked with another of Dortmund's exciting young forwards, Erling Haaland.

90min revealed in February that City were weighing up a bid in excess of £100m for the 20-year-old striker and his teammate Giovanni Reyna.

The Citizens could face competition for Haaland's signature from Premier League rivals Chelsea, while Real Madrid have also previously been cited with interest.

Sancho and Haaland's next moves could be dependant on one another, with reports in February stating that Dortmund would be prepared to sell Sancho in the summer of 2021, but only if they can keep hold of Haaland.

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