Borussia Dortmund’s head coach Lucien Favre suggested Jadon Sancho’s slow start to the new season could be down to a hangover from Manchester United’s summer-long pursuit of the England international.
Sancho was United’s top target during the transfer window but refused to meet Dortmund’s valuation of the player, as they deemed the Bundesliga club’s €120million asking price unrealistic amid the coronavirus pandemic.
United made it clear to Dortmund at the start of the window that there was a strict limit to their budget in the current economic environment, which has seen both matchday and commercial revenues plummet during the calendar year.
Dortmund stuck with their lofty asking price for the England international and were unwilling to accept a lower up-front fee with performance related add-ons. United felt the total transfer package Dortmund were demanding was not realistic given it would’ve meant United shattering their own club-record fee as well as paying significant player and agent fees.
Sancho is goalless after four games in the Bundesliga and, although he has posted respectable figures of one goal and three assists from his first six games in all competitions this term, his form — relative to what it was over the previous two seasons — is generally viewed to have dipped in relative terms.
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Speaking about Sancho in a press conference ahead of Dortmund’s second Champions League group game against Zenit on Wednesday night, Favre said: “Every player has slow periods. There was a lot of talk about Jadon during the summer — something like that can be a factor. No player is consistently in top form for an entire year, that’s impossible. You have to accept that.”
MEN Sport understands United will keep Sancho on their shortlist ahead of next year’s summer window but a deal will remain difficult to do given the continued loss of revenue that they will experience in the coming months, with supporters potentially unable to attend matches in the UK until March next year at the earliest.