Borussia Dortmund have continued to drop their asking price for winger Jadon Sancho, who could now cost his suitors close to £78m.
Sancho was heavily pursued by Manchester United last summer, but despite Dortmund making their £108m demands known early on, United pretended not to notice and continued to low-ball the German side until they hung up the phone permanently.
United remain interested in the Englishman, while Chelsea and Liverpool have both been linked with Sancho in recent weeks, and Dortmund director Michael Zorc recently confirmed that the 21-year-old would be allowed to leave for the right price.
At that time, the understanding was that Dortmund would accept a fee of £87m, but according to Goal, that figure is actually even lower, with the German side now happy to field offers of £78m – £30m less than they wanted last summer.
Sancho is approaching the final two years of his contract at Signal Iduna Park and Dortmund are aware that this is their last chance to sell the winger for close to his full value, unless they can convince him to sign an extension.
However, whether they will find anyone prepared to pay that kind of money for Sancho is a different question entirely.
As the story goes, most of Sancho’s suitors aren’t as committed to dropping that kind of figure on one player this summer. Beginning with United, there are bigger plans to sign a new striker and centre-back, with Dortmund’s £150m-rated striker Erling Haaland near the top of their wish list.
There’s also a hesitance to spend so much money on a player who would limit Mason Greenwood’s involvement in the first team. The 19-year-old has already been forced out of his preferred central striker role and Sancho’s arrival would effectively relegate him to the bench.
Chelsea also have bigger issues to fix than on the wing, whereas Liverpool are not expected to spend that kind of figure on one player.
Obviously things can change and those suitors may change their tune, but as it stands, a move away from Dortmund for Sancho seems unlikely.
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