Jadon Sancho told the Borussia Dortmund board that he wants to join Manchester United and the club agreed, provided that two conditions were met.
The Red Devils’ pursuit of the England international has been one of the most protracted of the summer and with just three days to go in before the transfer window shuts down, it appears that Sancho could remain at Dortmund for the rest of the campaign.
Fans of Manchester United have been left frustrated by their club’s dealings in the transfer market and so far, only Donny van De Beek has arrived from Ajax, despite the club being liked with several high-profile names this summer.
It is understood that Jadon Sancho remains their primary targe and the club are still pulling the wheels in their bid to sign the 20-year-old.
Reports have emanated that the former Manchester City youngster told the German side that he wants to join the Premier League side and they agreed to the move, provided that their conditions are first met.
The two conditions that Dortmund need satisfied before Jadon Sancho transfer can be completed
Speaking on the Sancho saga, Dharmesh Sheth of Sky Sports said:
“I’m told today that Sancho and his representatives made it clear well before August 1 that he wanted to take on the challenge of playing and joining Manchester United,” Sheth said on The Transfer Show.
“Dortmund’s response was they would consider allowing him to leave with two conditions.
“Firstly, if United bid £108million and secondly, if the bid came in before August 1. That deadline was then extended to August 10.
“We know that United did eventually bid this week but they did not meet either of Borussia Dortmund’s conditions.
“United’s initial offer was £73million upfront plus add-ons but it was rejected.”
Sheth then confirmed Sancho’s illness is genuine and as things stand, he is focused on the task ahead with Dortmund.
”Two things to clear up here. Some have questioned the timing of Sancho’s respiratory illness this week, coming in the same week as a Manchester United bid came to light,” he added.
“I’m told this was simply a coincidence, secondly another question being asked is why did Sancho not agitate for a move once United’s bid came in?
“Simple, the bid was rejected out of hand by Dortmund. Again there were two reasons for this.
“The guaranteed payment was £35m short of what Dortmund’s valuation was, that’s the main reason why there was nothing for Jadon Sancho to agitate for.
“The bid came 50 days after Dortmund’s deadline for a deal to be agreed. As far as Sancho is concerned, he is focused on playing for Borussia Dortmund.”
As it stands, neither of the two conditions were met and it remains to be seen if a deal can be agreed before the end of the window to bring an end to one of the most protracted transfer negotiations in recent memory.