Manchester United did not meet Borussia Dortmund’s deadline to sign Jadon Sancho and it appears this pursuit will drag on and on.
CEO Michael Zorc came out swinging in a press conference on Monday, and declared Sancho will be staying put.
Dortmund were hardly going to say the opposite of course, and push him towards the exit door. There is still almost two months before the transfer window closes on October 5.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano suggested on social media that the deal remains a complex one.
While we can hardly be impressed with the way United have gone about this so far, this is not the time to give up on the possibility of Sancho signing at Old Trafford this summer.
Here is a look at five reasons to be hopeful a deal will get done…
Zorc’s words mean little
Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has been exposed making claims he cannot back before, especially when a big bid comes Dortmund’s way.
He infamously told told German newspaper Waz in 2017: “Ousmane Dembele has a long-term contract and we are making definite plans with him. There are no negotiations [with Barca]. Ousmane is going to be playing for Dortmund in the coming season.”
Dembele was sold to Barcelona for a big fee just weeks later. He caved then, and he is likely to do so again if United pay the money.
Transfer request would change everything
Dortmund are fortunate so far that Jadon Sancho has played ball. He has not kicked up a fuss, yet.
If Sancho was to hand in a transfer request, it would change everything and put Dortmund on the backfoot.
United would be in control, with Dortmund pushed into a sale. We could yet get to this situation, and United may be counting on this happening.
It matters so much
This is a transfer deal which means to much to United, that is it likely it gets done on this basis alone.
United need a big name for commercial reasons as well as sporting ones. Sancho fits the bill. There are no other clear alternatives.
Sancho is reportedly the top target of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Evening Standard reported. It would be incredibly poor for the club to let him down.
It would also be a let down for the fans, and the players, who want to see big names come in. United just have to get this one done.
Failure would mess up the rest of the transfer window
Failure to sign Jadon Sancho would leave United in a tough spot for the rest of the transfer window.
Clubs will know United have money to spend which was set aside for the England international, and will demand big fees.
They will also know that an anxious fanbase will be putting pressure on the club’s board to get this one done. After signing Sancho, the pressure eases on other deals.
If United fail to get Sancho, it throws a spanner in the works for the rest of the transfer window, and for that reason alone, United have to work hard to get this done.
Sometimes you just have to have a little blind faith that United will pull a deal out of the bag. There does not always have to be logic applied.
United signed top targets Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire last summer, and Bruno Fernandes in January.
The negotiations were a torturous wait, like this one, but they got done in the end. At points in January we gave up hope the Fernandes deal would get done, but it did.
Until the transfer window is over, United deserve the benefit of the doubt that Sancho will eventually arrive.
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