Jadon Sancho and his representatives have been left “bemused and bewildered” after Manchester United failed to agree a deal to sign the winger.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tracking the winger since January, as he looked to add more attacking firepower to his Red Devils squad.
The England international was keen on making a move back to Manchester, after enjoying a stunning season with Borussia Dortmund.
Reports have suggested Sancho had already agreed terms ahead of a move, but the two clubs failed to strike a deal ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Dortmund had been steadfast in negotiations, consistently claiming their star asset would not be sold for less than their £108million valuation.
There was a feeling amongst United bosses that was too high, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
United had hoped to tempt the Germans into a sale at a lower price last week, when they launched a bid that would have seen them pay £65m up-front, with add-ons taking the total outlay over £100m.
That was rejected out of hand and with the player not pushing for a move, he will remain in the Bundesliga until at least January.
And the whole ordeal has left Sancho disappointed after a frustarting end to the near nine-month saga.
“It’s one that has left Borussia Dortmund and Jadon Sancho’s representatives quite bemused and bewildered about how this episode played out” Sky Sports’ transfer expert Dharmesh Seth said.
“Given, that when Manchester United made their interest clear in Jadon Sancho way back in January, Jadon Sancho was ready to go.
“The £108m that Borussia Dortmund valued Jadon Sacho at back in January, remained at £108m even though we’ve gone through this Covid-19 pandemic.
“In the end, they went in, in the final week, with a bid which they felt was realistic in the current climate, in which the guaranteed payment came £35m below what Borussia Dortmund value Jadon Sancho at.
“There was always going to be one answer. No.”
United did end up signing three forwards on deadline day as Solskjaer scrambled to recover from the blow of not landing Sancho.
Edinson Cavani arrived on a free transfer, while young wingers Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore signed – although the latter will return to his club Atalanta until January.
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