Manchester United have announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Jadon Sancho (subject to medical, working fax machines, etc.), firing a massive and loud shot at the rest of the “top six” to signal their intentions for next season.
The 21-year-old is currently busy with the England team at Euro 2020, so the transfer won’t be officially official until they’re done there, but that’s surely just a formality.
The transfer fee is “fixed” at €85m, as per an official statement from Borussia Dortmund, with about 15 per cent of BVB’s profit, so about €11m, going to Sancho’s previous club, Manchester City.
United splashing the cash for the summer’s biggest deal (thus far) after a surprise second place finish certainly won’t go unnoticed by the rest of the league. None of the other “big” teams have made any moves of significance yet, in what is a constant arms race at the top. Leicester City have signed Patson Daka from Salzburg for about £28m, while Aston Villa have signed Emiliano Buendía from Norwich for about £5m more, but the only other noteworthy deal in the top of the half the table has been Liverpool finding a non-injured defender with Ibrahima Konaté (£35m).
Sancho leaving Borussia Dortmund and leaving behind sky-high stacks of cash will also make it much harder for any team to sign Erling Braut Haaland this summer, be that Real Madrid or Chelsea or whoever.