In a time of great uncertainty in the football world, two of Manchester United’s top transfer targets appear to have become easier to sign.
This comes from comments from Borussia Dortmund director Michel Zorc.
He told German newspaper Kicker: “This summer will be unpleasant. After all, we don’t know when to start playing again. There is a lot of uncertainty in all clubs. We first have to manage this crisis situation.”
Dortmund have reportedly ‘frozen’ their transfer plans as they assess what could be a changed football landscape when matches eventually resume.
This gives United a boost in two key areas, where Dortmund are also involved.
Dortmund have to manage their finances sensibly and spending £30 million on a 16-year-old may suddenly seem less of a priority.
The German side are United’s biggest competitor to sign Bellingham, who was given a tour of Carrington at the start of the month.
Dortmund’s decision to freeze their transfer activity gives United a chance to seize the initiative and try and get the deal done while they are putting their plans on hold.
In this time of uncertainty, Bellingham may prefer to stay in the UK in any case, and this gives United a further edge.
Zorc’s comments suggest Dortmund are going to have to balance the books carefully this summer and spend sensibly, when they ‘unfreeze’ their plans.
The most effective way for them to do so is to cash in on prize asset Jadon Sancho.
United have been linked by The Telegraph with a club record move for the England international.
Now United will be subject to similar financial crunch as Dortmund, and thee could be a scenario where Sancho becomes too expensive in this climate. Perhaps a middle ground can be found to suit both parties.
If the money is there, certainly if Champions League football is secured, United will feel confident of persuading an uncertain Dortmund to do business, for their own good.
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