Man Utd chiefs have Jadon Sancho transfer theory as Dortmund hold firm on £108m valuation
Manchester United’s hierarchy are confident that Jadon Sancho is as excited about moving to Old Trafford as they are about bringing him back to his home country.
The Red Devils have made the England international their No 1 target this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to add extra talent to his forward line.
Dortmund, however, are adamant that they will not sell the winger for anything less than their £108million valuation.
And United are reluctant to pay that fee, which they believe is well over the odds for the 20-year-old.
United rate Sancho highly and want him to take the iconic No 7 shirt previously worn by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
But they still do not want to surpass their own valuation of Sancho, which stands at around £80m, and they would prefer to include add-ons rather than pay a huge lump sum this summer.
While negotiations between the two clubs have dragged on with Ed Woodward no closer to a breakthrough, United are confident the attacker is excited about the prospect of a move, the Evening Standard say.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Sancho slotting in on the right-hand side with Marcus Rashford on the left and Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood through the middle.
And the Norwegian coach reportedly thinks the highly-rated Dortmund wide-man can become the next superstar at Old Trafford.
Publicly Dortmund have insisted that Sancho is going nowhere after United failed to seal an agreement before the deadline the Bundesliga club imposed of August 10.
Sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.
“Last summer, we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then.”
But there is scepticism as to whether United would actually be rebuffed if they went close to Dortmund’s valuation of Sancho, who is under contract until 2023.
It has been widely suggested that Sancho will not look to push through a deal by submitting a transfer request or refusing to play at the Westfalenstadion.
And speaking this week, the player made it clear that he is perfectly happy in Germany, where he has been since joining from Manchester City in 2017.
“I love playing with this lot. It’s a special bunch. We’ve got some special young players coming up,” he said.
“I’m really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.
“I joined when I was 17, some of the lads are the same age. I’ve been there and done that. I can guide them in what’s good and what isn’t.
“I can hopefully motivate them as well.”
Sancho produced 20 goals and 20 assists last term and would become a club-record signing if United were to meet the price tag set by Dortmund.
But if talks continue to stall then they have a list of alternatives including Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembele who they could pursue instead.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool could look to sign Sancho next summer if he remains at Dortmund beyond the current transfer window.
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