Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed Manchester United “misjudged” any deal for Jadon Sancho.
With three years to run on his current deal and Sancho unlikely to become agitated, the club were confident of holding on to their star man with no problems unless their terms were met.
United, in turn, felt that the price was too steep in the current market and a deal couldn’t be reached, which saw the club end the window without their primary target.
Instead, United signed Amand Diallo in a deal that won’t see him arrive until January, leaving their right-wing options unstrengthened.
Throughout the summer there was plenty of back and forth between Dortmund and United in the media, mainly from the Bundesliga club.
With Sancho remaining in Germany despite an understanding he would be allowed to leave if Dortmund’s price tag was met, Watzke has claimed United ‘misjudged’ the situation by trying to negotiate on a fee.
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He told ZDF Sports : “[They] misjudged the situation. We would be more willing to compromise. 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.”
Asked if he ever doubted that Sancho would remain at Westfalenstadion for at least one more season, Watzke responded: “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.”