Dortmund Chief Admits Man Utd 'Misjudged' Jadon Sancho Situation

Oct 19, 2020, 9:45 AM GMT+1
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Man Utd's pursuit of Jadon Sancho went horribly wrong | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted Manchester United got their pursuit of winger Jadon Sancho all wrong this summer.

United had identified Sancho as their top target and gambled that Dortmund would eventually drop their £108m asking price, but they were left stunned when they realised the German side weren't just playing games and were genuinely serious about their stance.

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Dortmund made their terms clear & United didn't listen | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Dortmund made it very clear Sancho would be allowed to leave for the right price at the right time, but United seemingly disregarded that advice and were ultimately left with egg on their face when all was said and done.

"Perhaps a club that wanted him misjudged it and believed we were ready to compromise," Watzke told ZDF Sports of United's pursuit. "We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.

"In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable. But we absolutely do not want to give anyone up.

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Watzke says Dortmund will stand firm next summer too | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

"I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he's here. We had an agreement with him and it didn't look like that."

After realising Sancho was no longer attainable, United were forced to rush on deadline day to get a number of deals over the line.

£10m was spent on Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri from Peñarol, but the biggest spend came on 18-year-old Atalanta winger Amad Diallo, who has agreed to move to Old Trafford in a £37.3m deal in January.

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It remains to be seen whether the sizeable outlay on Diallo will impact United's pursuit of Sancho, who is still expected to be heavily linked with a move away from Dortmund when the summer transfer window opens in 2021.

Liverpool have been tipped to move for the 20-year-old, while links to Real Madrid and Barcelona can still be found floating around.

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