Man Utd chief Ed Woodward has Borussia Dortmund transfer theory after Jadon Sancho twist
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly believes Borussia Dortmund are trying to hold his club to ransom during talks for winger Jadon Sancho.
United have been using most of their efforts this summer to try and sign the England international after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made him their No 1 target.
Woodward finally got a breakthrough earlier this week when Sancho spoke to Solskjaer to discuss salary expectations and agent fees.
All that is left to sort is the price which Dortmund want to sell their 20-year-old star.
The Bundesliga side demanded £108million at the start of the summer and they are not budging from that valuation.
Woodward feels it would be unrealistic to pay such a fee given how hard their revenue streams have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
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United signed Donny van de Beek – a 23-year-old Champions League semi-finalist – for £40m last week.
And going off that valuation, Woodward believes Sancho would be worth around £80m in the current COVID-19-affected market.
Dortmund are refusing to negotiate a lower price and Woodward feels the German side are being inconsistent with their approach, according to the Daily Star.
The United chief does not want to be held to ransom and could start to look for alternative targets.
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If anyone knows what it takes to make the move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League it is ex-Bayern Munich and United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
And he thinks Sancho would adapt well if he were to complete a move to Old Trafford.
Hargreaves said: “I hope he comes over here. He would be perfect for United.
“I don’t think they (Dortmund) have much of an argument because they’ve pretty much sold everyone, whether it’s been (Robert) Lewandowski, (Mats) Hummels, (Mario) Gotze or (Ousmane) Dembele. Everyone has pretty much left there.
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“We know they are a selling club and it’s obviously about money.
“In Jadon, as much as we are in a difficult space right now with everything going in the world, it will be money well spent.
“You just have to get the deal done.
“You saw what Bruno did to United. Jadon would do the same.”
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