Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United is ‘imminent’ and the club expect to finally land the Dortmund winger next week for a fee close to £75m.
United’s interest in the former Manchester City ace goes back to early 2019 but it was the summer of 2020 in which the tried extensively – and failed – to land Sancho.
Dortmund have a £108m asking price for the playmaker then but they’ve since lowered that valuation to reflect Sancho’s contract status and the financial climate due to the pandemic.
While United are yet to settle on a fee for Sancho, their latest bid of around £72.5m is close to Dortmund’s asking price and there is optimism on both sides that the deal will be concluded next week, according to the Times.
Dortmund are looking for marginally more up-front, while they want further add-ons put in place but this should be no problem for United.
City will net around £11m from Sancho’s move to Old Trafford as they included a 15% sell-on fee on the winger’s deal following his move to Dortmund.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign a traditional right winger, as the club look to shift Mason Greenwood from the flank to a central position over the next 12 to 18 months.
Sancho has reportedly agreed a five-year deal and will become United’s joint-top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week.
The money raised from Sancho’s move to Old Trafford should help Dortmund keep hold of Erling Haaland, who is wanted by most of Europe’s elite.
While the club will be delighted to keep the Norwegian, it means he can leave for around £62.5m next summer thanks to a release clause in his contract which becomes active in 2022.