Manchester United may face an easier task landing summer target Jadon Sancho this time around – after failing to sign the Borussia Dortmund man at the start of the season.
The Red Devils lowballed their German counterparts, refusing to stump up the asking price in the early stages of the window.
Dortmund simply refused to do business after that, insisting Sancho would remain for the upcoming campaign, despite weeks remaining of the summer market.
United have since backed off the winger, with reports suggesting other attacking targets were being pursued instead.
However, recent comments from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke may change things this time around, with the Covid-19 pandemic clearly causing havoc with the Bundesliga club's finances.
And the Signal Iduna Park chief admits he can't rule out the exit of any big Dortmund star.
“In the midst of a pandemic, I no longer rule anything out,” he 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."
Sancho was mocked recently after appearing to put on a German accent while speaking English after a Dortmund clash.
“I know for this club that this game is everything,” he said.
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“So I knew today that was a big one for the fans.
“Especially because they can’t celebrate it with us, I had to show to the camera that it was very important to us.
“I’m just very happy and delighted for the win. We just have to carry on this form for the next game.”
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