While Chelsea have been focusing on signing Kai Havertz this summer, Manchester United have been prioritizing a move for Jadon Sancho. Obviously, it would be pretty great if the Blues could acquire both of the unbelievably talented youngsters, but financial constraints mean that it would be nigh on impossible to get both this summer. Of course, Chelsea could always try for Sancho in 2021, but the youngster would have to stay put at Borussia Dortmund for another year for that to happen.
According to BILD (via Sport Witness) however, that indeed is a real possibility. The report claims that Sancho is not entirely convinced by the United project, and could wait it out until other clubs are in a position to make a move. The 20-year-old is also waiting to see if the Red Devils qualify for next season’s Champions League, with the club currently in 5th position, 4 points behind 4th-placed Leicester City (which may be enough depending on Manchester City’s ban). United could also qualify by winning this season’s Europa League.
Of course, BVB also want to keep Sancho for another year at least and have even offered the England international a new contract with a hefty pay rise. They believe that no club are capable of meeting their €120m asking price, and they would rather wait than sell him on the cheap.
BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc insinuated something similar recently.
“It would be naive to say that we are completely independent of how the situation will turn out. If there were a transfer, it would also have a certain economic dimension. But we can very well imagine going into next season with Jadon, because he simply delivers sporting wise. We’ll see everything else in the next few weeks.”
- Michael Zorc; Ruhr Nachrichten via Sport Witness
With even the mighty Manchester United struggling to meet Dortmund’s asking price, Sancho looks ever more likely to stay at Signal Iduna Park until at least next summer.