Jadon Sancho’s move to Man Utd could hinge on bitter rivals Man City

Manchester United's bid to bring Jadon Sancho back to the Premier League is set to hinge on bitter rivals City having their European ban upheld.

Borussia Dortmund are demanding £100million-plus for Sancho – and United's hopes of luring the former City winger to Old Trafford suffered a devastating blow when executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admitted that it “will not be business as usual” after confirming his club's debts had risen by almost £130million during the coronavirus crisis.

United's coffers would get a much-needed £50million boost if United qualified for the Champions League.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men will resume the Premier League season in fifth place – a position which would launch them back into the Euro elite if City fail with an appeal to get their ban from UEFA competitions overturned next month.

That would strengthen Woodward's hand when it comes to testing Dortmund's resolve to keep Sancho at the club, with the high end of the transfer market expected to collapse in the aftermath of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Bundesliga title chasers have said they will sell the 20-year-old – but only if the price is right.

Dortmund will have to choose between reducing their valuation or keeping the England international until the market recovers.

That uncertainty helps United – but only if they can qualify for the Champions League.

That would allow them to recover some of the losses that have seen the club plunge £429.1million in the red after writing off over £30million in lost broadcasting and match-day revenues.

And Sancho himself will want to play in the top competition after experiencing it with Dortmund in the last two seasons.

United will resume the season hoping they can qualify for the Champions League without the need to see their rivals fail at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Reds are unbeaten in five Premier League games and were just three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea when lockdown came.

But they would not hesitate to cash in on any City misfortune with CAS.


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Jurgen Klopp reveals ‘hurt’ at being away from his ‘exceptional’ Liverpool squad during coronavirus crisis

Jurgen Klopp has revealed the difficulty at being parted from his Liverpool squad over an extended period, explaining the usual close-knit nature of the squad.

Premier League clubs ceased playing and training in large groups several weeks ago after matches were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the table-topping Reds have not yet returned to Melwood.

Instead, they have been doing online video calls to keep in touch and do group sessions, including yoga, using apps such as Zoom.

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Klopp says it’s a new way of working and everyone has had to adapt, but the most difficult aspect has been of being away from those he is usually in close contact with.

“It’s so different. Everything is different in the moment and we do all different stuff,” Klopp told the club website.

“When we have these training sessions, I could have never imagined I would enjoy it that much but it’s just the moment when I see the boys again and that changes everything – for a minute, for an hour, for two hours, however long the sessions are.

“The boys are all in good spirits; you feel immediately why you miss them so much, because it’s just an exceptional group. You want to be together with them, you want to have them around, you want to be closer to them than you can be.

“These are the closest moments, apart from exchanging messages with them and asking, ‘How are you?’ and stuff like this. So I enjoy these sessions really a lot. It’s getting worse, the longer it takes. I accept the situation 100 per cent like it is but the longer you don’t see somebody you like, the more it hurts.

“That’s the situation we are in at the moment.”


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The Reds need only two wins to wrap up the title, whenever matches are able to be played once more, with Klopp then becoming the first manager since Kenny Dalglish in 1990 to lead a Liverpool team to a top-flight title.

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Man Utd lead Sancho race – but he WhatsApp chats Arsenal star every day

Manchester United are leading the race to sign Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window.

But it seems the England international has a small affiliation with Arsenal as he messages forward Reiss Nelson on WhatsApp every day.

"I've got love for him; he's got love for me," said Sancho, as reported by FourFourTwo magazine back in 2019. "We just keep on pushing each other."

Nelson, who was on loan at German club Hoffenheim at the time, added: "We message each other every day. If he's got a game a day before mine, I'm like, 'Sanch, you know what you have to do'."

Sancho is tipped to complete a £120million transfer to Manchester United when the season finally comes to a close.

The former Man City forward has been dropping hints in recent weeks while observing the global lockdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

While filming a recent Instagram Live, Sancho was told to take a sip of water if he intends to sign for Manchester United.

Sancho responded to the message from by taking a sip of water from his bottle, much to the delight of the Red Devils supporters who had tuned in.

Sancho isn't the only one who has been making full use of Instagram Live during the lockdown, with Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand releasing videos of himself from time to time.

In one recent video, Ferdinand discussed the possibility of United signing Sancho, and spoke out about why he rates the teenager so highly.

"He's one of the best young kids in the world at the moment. He has been unbelievable, he's a player of huge potential," said Ferdinand of Sancho.

"[Ousmane] Dembele, who was at Dortmund then went to Barcelona, was thought of similarly to Sancho and went [to a big club] for big money and it didn't work out for him.

"I don't want to see that for Jadon. I want him to go to a team where he will play and then improve. He's going to be expensive but I think Manchester United is the place for him to go, but I'm biased.


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