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Chelsea opportunity? Manchester United shelve Jadon Sancho plans, reflecting wider market trend — report

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Transfer market going into lockdown

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all walks of life quite significantly, and its economic impacts are only starting to be felt. It’s going to take a long time for everybody and everything to recover from the lockdowns, and some things may never be the same.

Football is no exception, and neither is the transfer market, which would normally be the biggest event of the season both in terms of media coverage as well as the moneys involved and generated.

But even those teams who will have made it through relatively unscathed once all this is said and done are expected to rein in their spending, and it would appear that Manchester United, one of the richest clubs in the world, are doing just that as well.

According to the Mirror, they now “might” wait another twelve months before making a serious play for Jadon Sancho. The Borussia Dortmund near-superstar’s transfer was set to be the headline event of the summer with United, Chelsea, and many others linked, but it’s increasingly looking like he will stay in Germany for at least another season.

With BVB under no pressure to sell (Sancho, with two more years left on his contract, seems happy as ever in Dortmund) and thus unwilling to negotiate down their nine-digit asking price, it would take some bold decision-making to bet this big as we head into a most uncertain future.

What say you, Granovskaia?