April 19, 2021

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Dortmund explain Sancho stance as Man Utd priority is explained

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Jadon Sancho remains on the shortlist of Europe’s biggest clubs ahead of a busy summer transfer window.

MEN Sport understands Erling Haaland is Manchester United’s top transfer priority in attack, with both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jon Murough agreeing that the 20-year-old should be their long-term striker.

United were particularly keen on Sancho last year, although it’s understood 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.

Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of Champions League football next season are in the balance following defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend, which has left them seven points adrift in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Bundesliga.

Their underperformance in the Bundesliga has understandably left question marks over Sancho’s future and with that in mind, here’s a recap of everything that has happened so far.

Dortmund reveal Sancho stance

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted the club are willing to listen to offers for Sancho and reiterated their stance on Haaland.

“We don’t have a parallel plan. We will talk to Erling, his father and his agent, Mino Raiola, in peace. After all, we want him to be happy to stay with us and that he will score goals with conviction for BVB next year. There is no alternative plan,” he told DAZN.

On Sancho, Watzke added: “If an extraordinary offer comes in for him, we will discuss it with the player and his agent, as always. Nonetheless, I am very sure that the transfer market will only run to a very limited extent this summer.

“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.”

Manchester United connections

Last month, Manchester United academy chief Nick Cox has joked he could use his personal connection with Sancho to one day lure him to the club.

“Did I know he would play for England and a top team in Europe? Of course I didn’t,” Cox told The Athletic. “Did I know he was a good player?

“Yes. We tried to help him be the best he could be. He was a young kid who absolutely loved football; addicted to it.”

He then joked: “Maybe I should be using that relationship to our advantage. But I’m not because it’s against the rules, of course!”

More cause for optimism

Watzke admitted Dortmund may cash in on one of their star players in February.

“In the midst of a pandemic, I am now ruling nothing out,” Watzke told Handelsblatt.

“But it is not necessarily the aim. The most important thing is the financial balance: that we have a strong team on the field and at the same time are economically stable.

“If we play the whole of next season without spectators, we must certainly think about giving up a player. For the hell out of it, asking banks for credit lines just to not sell a player is not going to be our way.

“We are still unable to make a forecast for the year as a whole. As long as the situation persists, we will not be in the black. Our liabilities are currently at 26.7 million euros. This shows that BVB has great economic strength and is very stable.”

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Sancho acknowledges struggles

Sancho has struggled with injuries this season which have hampered his form after a summer-long transfer saga.

At the beginning of January, he said: “Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally,” Sancho told bundesliga.com after scoring in Dortmund’s 3-1 league win at RB Leipzig.

“So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go.

“I’m working hard every day in training and on the pitch so I’m just happy to get my goals and assists.”

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