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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Sancho transfer update given to Man Utd and Chelsea by Borussia Dortmund chief

Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has stated the club are "relaxed" about the future of Jadon Sancho despite interest from Man Utd and Chelsea.

The sporting director also highlighted Sancho's long-term contract with the club which still has until 2022 to run.

Both United and Chelsea had made the winger a top target for the forthcoming transfer window, though their spending will be hampered by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already told fans it will not be "business as usual" in the transfer market this summer.

That will only heighten Dortmund's hopes of keeping Sancho on their books, despite Zorc's pragmatic response.

"There is no new stance," Zorc told Sport1. "At the moment, all clubs are running on sight – even in England!

"I cannot and do not want to lean too far out of the window with forecasts because the situation is changing daily. We will see what happens.

"We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho. This will not change now. We are totally relaxed about it.

"The most important issues that are currently occupying us are rather: what is the way forward? When do we play again? It would be of paramount importance for all of us to be able to finish the season."

Dortmund may still want to consider selling Sancho at the end of this season with his value sky-high.

Potential suitors have been quoted around £100-120million for his services, though they will likely baulk at such a figure under the current circumstances.

The Bundesliga club are resigned to losing Sancho eventually, and know they will struggle to command a similar fee next summer when the 20-year-old will have just a year remaining on his contract.

Former Man Utd defender Gary Neville has urged his old club to approach Sancho with caution though, after suggesting the youngster could not yet be considered a top player.

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Jadon Sancho lays down key condition before agreeing to Man Utd transfer

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho will reportedly only move to Manchester United if they can guarantee Champions League football next season. The Red Devils are currently outside of the qualification places as they trail fourth-placed Chelsea by three points.

There is still plenty of time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to close the gap on the top four.

But if they miss out on Europe’s premier competition then they may also struggle to land their top transfer target.

The Athletic claim United would be ahead of Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the queue should they earn a spot in the Champions League.

However, the 20-year-old will snub a blockbuster £100million move to Old Trafford if they cannot deliver his one condition.

The Athletic add that Sancho will consider joining Chelsea should they pip United to fourth place in the table.

The England international grew up supporting the Blues as he was born and raised in London.

Dortmund snapped up Sancho from City for a nominal £8m three years ago and they stand to make a heavy profit.

The winger has become one of the hottest properties in the world and is expected to move this summer for a nine-figure fee.

Meanwhile, European football expert Julien Laurens thinks Sancho is fully destined to end up at Old Trafford.


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“He might be joining United and United will certainly do a lot of work,” Laurens told the Gab and Juls podcast.

“I don’t think it’s done already, obviously, but I think it’s a very big possibility he will end up at Old Trafford in the summer, whenever the transfer window opens.”

Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke recently revealed he would be open to selling Sancho.

He said: “Jadon is a great, great talent, maybe the greatest talent in Europe currently of players under the age of 21.

“In my opinion, he has the potential to become one of the two or three best players in the world in the years to come.

“If one day he comes to us and says that he wants to leave the club, then we’ll discuss it.”

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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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