Manchester United remain confident of striking a deal with Borussia Dortmund this summer over England winger Jadon Sancho, but the latest hold up concerns personal terms with the player’s camp and negotiating an acceptable agent’s fee.
United have not yet agreed a transfer fee with Dortmund, who have publicly insisted that Sancho is not leaving the club this summer, but lines of communication have never closed.
The latest on the saga from ESPN suggests that the current issue centres on a ‘wide gulf’ between the expectations from the player’s camp when it comes to personal terms and United’s view on the situation. The Old Trafford club also consider the agent fee requested to be too high.
There is permission from Dortmund to speak with Sancho’s representatives. Despite the Bundesliga side’s public protestations, agreeing a transfer fee might be the more straightforward part of the deal, assuming the player talks are eventually successful and it gets to that stage.
The Athletic reports that United’s failure to win a trophy this season has the potential to push the club’s owners into action in the transfer market, with a feeling that the club hierarchy might have been more relaxed about recruitment had silverware made its way to Old Trafford.
With three semi-final exits in 2019/20 and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refusing to turn to his substitutes in the Europa League semi-final against Sevilla until late in the game because of a lack of real options, it is fully clear that the squad needs strengthening ahead of next season.
Co-chairman Joel Glazer is said to be the one digging in on United’s side when it comes to the Sancho deal, with concerns over meeting Dortmund’s €120m (£108m) asking price in addition to the salary costs and any commission that needs to be paid out.
Despite Glazer’s concerns over money, it is pointed out that even in the current climate where United’s finances have been adversely affected by coronavirus crisis, club ‘insiders’ still consider Sancho to be worth the €120m because he could feasibly be a star at the top of his game until 2030.
If United want the deal to be done, they’re going to have to loosen the strings. Failure to build on what has ultimately been a promising season in 2019/20 would be a big step backwards.