REPORT: Manchester United Pursuit of Jadon Sancho Not Getting Easier

The Manchester United pursuit of Jadon Sancho is not going to get any easier due to the coronavirus pandemic, says German journalist Raphael Honigstein for the Evening Standard.

Manchester United Pursuit of Jadon Sancho Not Getting Easier

Still Desperate for Sancho Despite Virus Crisis

United are still very much in the market for Sancho despite the virus-caused financial crises.

The Englishman has been outstanding for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 14 goals and assisting 15. And a partnership with new signing Erling Braut Håland has proven lucrative.

The coronavirus brought a halt to Sancho’s thus far fruitful season and has also induced much financial difficulty. As one of the richest clubs in the world, however,  the Red Devils rely far less on match-day revenue streams than other clubs and can use that to their advantage in their chase of Sancho.

While United may seem to have the upper hand, Honigstein believes that BVB are equally well equipped for the fight over Sancho come the summer.

Honigstein’s Belief

As reported by the Evening Standard, he said: “There’s a view that I’ve seen reflected in some of the media coverage that Dortmund are desperate for cash and will sell, and the prices will come down, and United will be in a position to swoop – but I’m not sure that’s 100 per cent accurate.

“There’s a bigger chance that Dortmund will say: ‘You know what, the market is depressed.’ If you have a lovely house to sell and you can’t sell it this summer, why would you?

“The only thing working in United’s favour is that his contract is running down and they could make the argument that, there’s a discount to be had.

“But I would expect Dortmund, as they have often done, to find some kind of agreement with the player if that is the case, that they would maybe extend the contract by another year just to protect the value, the way they did with [Christian] Pulisic as well.

“Eventually it’s down to United; if United feel that they can get through this crisis relatively unscathed – and everyone expects the transfer window to be much later than usual – they might be in a position in August or September to say: ‘You know what, yes we are in the Champions League, football is coming back, we can do this now, or maybe we can only do it in January.

“But I don’t think Dortmund will make the mistake of somehow rushing this because they need the cash – they are not in that position.”

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