‘The decision is final – he will play for us’: Manchester United will NOT sign Jadon Sancho now, Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc roars – as he reveals they have secretly extended his contract!
- Manchester United’s mega-money pursuit of Jadon Sancho appears all-but over
- United and Dortmund were far apart in their valuation of the England winger
- Dortmund were holding out for £108million for the 20-year-old United target
- United had earlier missed the deadline to sign Sancho from the Bundesliga side
- Now Michael Zorc has admitted that Sancho will play for Dortmund next season
Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho this summer appears all-but over after Borussia Dortmund insisted the England international will play for the Bundesliga giants next season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been in hot pursuit of the England star and were still hopeful of getting a mega-money deal over the line despite missing Dortmund’s deadline to sign him earlier today.
But on Monday, Dortmund chief Michael Zorc insisted United have no chance of signing Sancho now after he jetted off with his team-mates to Switzerland for a pre-season training camp.
Manchester United have been in hot pursuit of England international Jadon Sancho
Sancho pictured during Borussia Dortmund’s training camp in Switzerland today
The 20-year-old winger jetted off to Switzerland with his team-mates earlier in the day
Zorc said: ‘We plan with Jadon Sancho. He’ll play for us next season. The decision is final. I think that answers all of the questions.’
Zorc also went on to reveal that the club secretly renewed Sancho’s contract until 2023 a year ago.
German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten – based in Dortmund – have reported that Sancho’s contract does not include a buy-out clause.
United and Dortmund were understood to have been far apart in terms of valuation, with the latter’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke resolute in holding out for a huge £108m for their prized asset.
United and Dortmund were far apart in terms of valuation, with German side wanting £108m
HAVEN’T WE HEARD THIS BEFORE, MICHAEL?
Borussia Dortmund and Michael Zorc in particular have previous when talking about their star players staying.
Ousmane Dembele had been heavily linked with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the summer of 2017 but Zorc insisted that he would stay put.
Zorc attempted to quash talk that Dembele was on his way out of Dortmund, saying there was ‘no way’ he would go.
But that would come back to haunt Zorc as Dembele would go on to seal a £196m deal to Barcelona at the end of August in 2017 after going on strike.
Sancho boarded the plane for Dortmund’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland at 9am this morning – a point at which the Bundesliga runners-up had said any deal with United would be off the table.
United, for their part, remain confident of landing Sancho, their No 1 target in this summer’s window.
Sancho is part of a 31-strong Dortmund group – which also includes 17-year-old sensation Jude Bellingham – that travelled to Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz for an eight-day training camp.
And Zorc was quick to confirm that United’s move for Sancho was off during his press conference on Monday afternoon in Switzerland.
Ed Woodward and the rest of the Old Trafford hierarchy were understood to have been relaxed about the situation prior to Zorc’s defiant message, insisting any deadline is purely artificial.
Dortmund had set the August 10 deadline because they wanted undisturbed preparation for the 2020-21 Bundesliga season.
The new campaign starts on 18 September, with the summer transfer window deadline for international deals not until October 5.
Sancho has been United’s top transfer target by far this summer, but Ed Woodward is understood to be exploring the likes of Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Juventus’ Douglas Costa as back-up options.
Michael Zorc has emphatically ruled out Sancho moving to the Premier League giants
Now with Dortmund emphatically insisting a deal for Sancho is off, Woodward will potentially have to start looking at United’s alternative options.
Sancho has become one of the most sought after players in European football after shining in the German top-flight.
The winger, who has 11 caps to his name for England, scored 17 goals and registered 17 assists in the Bundesliga last season – becoming a key player for the German outfit over the past three seasons.
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