Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United has not been formally unveild yet but it could happen any day now.
An agreement is in place for the £73 million move and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Sky Sports that just a bit more paperwork needs to be done.
Dortmund are not presenting any issues, with sporting director Michael Zorc telling Ruhr Nachrichten: “Sancho deal is done. Everything is settled and processed.”
One player who is not pleased is Erling Haaland. After leaving a crying emoji on one of Jadon Sancho’s Instagram posts a fortnight ago, Haaland has opened up a little more on his thoughts on his teammates’ departure.
Haaland was quoted by Stadium Astro: “Jadon and I understood each other very well, he’s a top player and it’s sad that he’s leaving. But that’s how it is and that’s football and you never know what will happen.”
Haaland’s mood in the interview changed the moment Sancho’s name was brought up. He is clearly taking his departure poorly, with the interviewing talking up their telepathic connection on the pitch.
The prolific striker is staying put this summer and his comments leave the door open to link up with Sancho at United in 2022, if the club decide to pay his release clause. Other teams will also be lining up to do a deal.
Boot now on the other foot for Dortmund
United fans can have a wry smile at Dortmund’s latest attempts to sign a replacement for Sancho.
They are attempting to sign Dutch talent Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven.
But as it stands, PSV are holding firm over a price which Dortmund do now want to pay, BILD report.
Clubs know Dortmund have cash from the Sancho deal, even though United are not paying the whole fee up front. So now they are not finding it so easy to get the player they want, not immediately at least.
After they managed to frustrate United completely in 2020 with Sancho, there will be no sympathy in Manchester at seeing them potentially get priced out of a deal.
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