May 14, 2021

Man Utd


Barcelona’s £135m transfer mistake to put Jadon Sancho to Man United in focus

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Manchester United can avoid any transfer distraction after Barcelona revealed their stance on Ousmane Dembele.

MEN Sport reported in September that the French winger was considered as an emergency loan target, though the club had no interest in signing the winger permanently.

Barcelona denied they were in talks with United but it was reported they would be willing to offload the winger due to their financial situation, which has only worsened since.

The 23-year-old has 12 months left on his current Barcelona contract but Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is keen for the winger to stay.

“I would like Dembele to stay, he is an important player for us,” as per reports from Marca.

“Today, he has shown that with his game and the goal. The key is that he has physically improved and has been able to play a lot of games in a row.”

United’s interest in Dembele was only fleeting but this latest update from the Camp Nou further indicates there is very little chance he could move to Old Trafford.

In truth, Dembele’s horrific injury record has played a huge part in his largely indifferent form since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for £135million.

His large wage demands and inability to meet the demands of a nine-figure transfer make Dembele a non-starter for Manchester United.

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The club chased Jadon Sancho for the entire summer but an inability to meet Dortmund’s £110million valuation caused them to briefly consider Dembele on loan.

However, their interest in the Englishman has now cooled. United have made Erling Haaland their priority striker target and though they were particularly keen on Sancho last year, the MEN understands United are prioritising strengthening in other areas of the pitch this year after spending up to £45million on right-wingers in Amad and Facundo Pellistri.

A centre-back and Haaland are the priority signings, with Pau Torres and Ben White on the list of defenders interesting the club.

However, Borussia Dortmund could be prepared to lower their asking price after the impact of COVID-19 and the potential loss of revenue brought by failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Dortmund’s domestic struggles could give United an edge in negotiations. Unless they win the Champions League, Dortmund are on course for Europa League football next term as they currently trail Eintracht Frankfurt by seven points following a 2-1 home defeat last weekend.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watze was less committed on Sancho when discussing the futures of the Englishman and Haaland last week.

“If an extraordinary offer comes in for him, we will discuss it with the player and his agent, as always,” Watze said.

“Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.

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“Especially at the really big clubs you can see what kind of wounds coronavirus has inflicted, and they are not small ones that heal within two weeks.”

Whilst right-wing remains a problem position, Sancho will be linked to Manchester United. With so many ever-changing pieces, Dortmund could later the club’s transfer plans again this summer.

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