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.
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“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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Jadon Sancho has given Liverpool fans plenty to get excited about after responding to transfer comments made by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Reds right-back was doing an Instagram Live with Michael Dapaah in which he was asked about the prospect of Sancho heading to Anfield.
Alexander-Arnold was of course in favour of a move having played with the Borussia Dortmund star with England.
“If he came to us, he’d make our team better,” Alexander-Arnold told Dapaah. “So I’d be more than happy for him to come. I played with him for England and he’s a special, special, special, special talent.”
Sancho was tuning in to the video and responded with series of eye emojis which suggest he may be open to the move.
Liverpool have always been linked with the 20-year-old and that will only intensify after the player’s comments.
Rivals Manchester United and Chelsea are also in the frame with the former having a long standing interest in the forward.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to recruit young, homegrown talent and Sancho perfectly fits the bill.
His rapid rise since moving to Germany has seen his value soar to around £100m.
Dortmund chiefs have reiterated their desire to keep Sancho, who has a contract with the Bundesliga club until 2022.
The current coronavirus pandemic has tested the finances of football clubs meaning transfer spending may be affected.
And United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told fans that mega-money deals could be beyond them this summer.
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He said: “Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of challenge facing everyone in football and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.”
“As ever our priority is the success of team, but we need visibility of the impact across the whole industry, including timings of the transfer window, and the wider financial picture, before we can talk about a return to normality.”