Dortmund's comments over Sancho show United did not even try

Borussia Dortmund director Michel Zorc has stated the club received no offers for Jadon Sancho in January.

He told Sport Bild: “The fact is no other club has contacted us so far about Jadon. [I can’t] reliably answer today [if Sancho will stay at Dortmund beyond the summer].

“What I can say for sure is that he feels very comfortable with us. Otherwise he could not produce such performances week after week.”

United made an approach for Sancho a year ago, Talksport reported, an approach which was knocked back.

Realistically, Dortmund were unlikely to want to sell in January, but it was odd United did not even get in touch.

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The smartest move would have been to attempt to secure a summer transfer in advance.

Chelsea did so in January 2019, setting up a deal with Dortmund for Christian Pulisic which went through in the summer.

That was due to need, because of their transfer ban, but it showed Dortmund may be open to similar deals like this. United did not even try.

Incredible form

Sancho is in blistering form right now, helped by Erling Haaland’s arrival at Dortmund.

He has 15 goals and 14 assists already this season for his club and by the end of the season his numbers could become quite incredible.

United prioritised a move for Bruno Fernandes, and got him, but it would have been sensible to at least enquire with Dortmund over the Sancho situation too.

The Mail report United are looking for a potential signing who can become a ‘global icon’ in the event Paul Pogba is sold.

Sancho fits the bill perfectly, but he is going to be really difficult to sign.

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The worry is that United simply won’t be able to afford him. That didn’t used to be the case with any player, but it’s the new reality.

Now there is talk of budgets, with the Fernandes fee coming out of United’s summer pot. [Evening Standard]

Times are changing at Old Trafford, and the financial constraints may be one real reason the club did not even get in contact with Dortmund, combined with a lack of creativity to try and talk the German side into a deal.

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