Last year, Manchester United were (possibly the only) serious contenders for Jadon Sancho’s signature. Borussia Dortmund were willing to let him go back to England, but only on their own terms and certain conditions. One of those was to get a deal done before a stipulated deadline. United thought that this was just another negotiation tactic, and called their bluff, only to realize that BVB don’t joke at the transfer table.
While the situation may have changed slightly this year, with a lower asking price and potentially more clubs involved, Dortmund still want to resolve the Sancho situation before a specific date, which would give them ample time to secure a replacement, if necessary. According to BILD, that deadline this year is the end of July.
Manchester United are the consensus front-runners again, though they have not only yet to submit an official bid, they have yet to hold any concrete discussions. (And Sancho is now busy at Euro 2020 for the next month.) The Times are reporting that a €93m bid is en-route, but that’s little more than a rumor at this point (of which 15 per cent will be due to Manchester City, funnily enough).
Chelsea have been linked in the past of course, and presumably retain a cursory interest in Sancho. But it’s his teammate, Erling Braut Haaland, in whom we’re much more interested these days. And if United’s deal for Sancho falls through, again, a move for Haaland from our side could become much more feasible. BVB do have some financial considerations to keep in mind, after all.
This is all hypotheses and speculation, but anything to get the hopes up!