‘120 billion’ transfer fee hard to recoup now
Manchester United do not want to include a buy-out option in Jadon Sancho’s loan deal, according to reports.
Transfer market pundit Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Saturday (June 6) that “United do not want to include a buy-out option in Sancho’s loan deal with Dortmund. They plan to re-evaluate the situation with Sancho this summer. This is because his current valuation is not high, which makes the option of a complete transfer cheap in itself.”
Sancho came through Manchester City’s youth academy before moving to Germany, where he made a name for himself with 12 goals and 14 assists in the Bundesliga in 2018-19, and went on to become one of the Bundesliga’s top wingers the following season with 17 goals and 16 assists in the league.
Man United were interested. Initially, negotiations did not progress due to Dortmund’s opposition, but the Red Devils did not give up. They kept in touch with Dortmund and eventually succeeded in signing him in 2021. At the time, the Red Devils paid a hefty £75 million.
He joined Manchester United with high hopes, but his performance so far has been disappointing. In his debut season, he made 29 Premier League (PL) appearances, scoring three goals and providing three assists. It was the complete opposite of his form at Dortmund. Last season, he didn’t make much of an impact either.
This season, things are even worse. Sancho was a substitute for the first three games of the season before being dropped from the roster for the fourth round match against Arsenal. At the time, Van Gaal explained the decision: “I watched him in training and I didn’t choose him. At Man United, we always demand a certain level of performance.”
Sancho responded on social media, saying, “I trained well this week. I think there are other reasons why I didn’t play. I’ve been a scapegoat for a long time. All I want is to play soccer with a smile on my face. Of course, I respect all the decisions of the coaching staff. I will continue to fight for this team,” he publicly expressed his dissatisfaction.
This led to rumors of a feud with Ten Haag. The post was deleted a short time later as the controversy escalated. However, the club punished the player for disrupting the team atmosphere by excluding him from first-team training. And Sancho still refuses to apologize to Van Gaal. He feels like a scapegoat.
Sancho’s relationship with Van Gaal shows no signs of improving. Sancho has also angered fans by partying when he wasn’t playing. “Sancho was photographed at a party with influencer and dancer Kokeina, who has more than a million social media followers,” the Daily Mail reported at the time.
“Sancho wants to go to Dortmund and Dortmund want the deal to be finalized quickly. United are willing to accept a loan offer, but they will have to share the weekly wages and hope that Dortmund will pay the rent,” referring to a possible return to his parent club. Barring any major setbacks, an official announcement is expected soon.