Man Utd and Chelsea have been offered some hope in the transfer race for Jadon Sancho, after a Borussia Dortmund chief admitted the expectation of high transfer fees is likely to diminish over the course of the summer.
Dortmund were keen to stress early on in during lockdown that coronavirus would not alter their asking price for star winger Sancho.
A fee of around £100-120million has been touted for the 20-year-old, though the current economic crisis may have forced Dortmund to take stock and reassess the situation.
Asked about the club’s prospective transfer dealings, Dortmund’s head of sales, marketing and business development, Carsten Cramer said on an online forum: “Usually at this time of year the squad for next season is already done. Maybe you sell some players but the plans are done.
“Everyone has to be as flexible as possible. I’m very sure the business on loan will become of higher relevance than periods before and for sure it will take a longer time to plan your squad.
“I’m very, very sure that not on July 1 or even August 1 your team is done. Flexibility is very important, patience will be important.
“I’m very sure the expectations of high fees will go down as well.”
Cramer’s comments suggest Dortmund could be willing to accept a lower than asking price bid for Sancho, with potentially the option for interested clubs to loan the star with an obligation to buy him at a later date.
Sancho still has two years left to run on his current deal at Dortmund, and unless he signs an extension, this would be the ideal window to cash in on his services.
And former Man Utd midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes Sancho is tailor-made to be a hit at Old Trafford.
Hargreaves said: “Things go in cycles. Man United will be back and the recruitment of a player like Jadon would help.
“I know Sancho is going to cost a lot of money, but you have a player who, potentially for the next decade, is going to be a unique player to watch.
“Can he become a Ballon d’Or winner? Yes, because potentially he is off the charts.
“The impact he has had already has been quite astonishing.”
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