Jadon Sancho to Manchester United is already shaping up as the transfer saga of the summer.
Amid reports the transfer window could be extended until October (SkySports), there could be a long way to run.
Realistically, neither United or Borussia Dortmund should have any interest in letting it play out to the deadline.
A deal is temporarily off the table for the moment because Dortmund’s Bundesliga season is still ongoing.
Once this concludes, their attention will turn to incomings and outgoings, and United’s negotiations can begin.
One result changed everything
Fortunately for Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain have done us a favour.
Dortmund’s Bundesliga season ends as soon as June 27. In three weeks time. They are not competing in the German Cup final, which takes place a week later.
So we should be thankful to PSG that they knocked Dortmund out of the Champions League in their two-legged clash back in early March.
BBC Sport report the plan for the remaining Champions League knockout stages is for a mini-tournament to take place which will conclude on August 23.
Dortmund will not be involved, meaning their season ends on June 27, rather than being extended to August 23.
If they had remained in the Champions League, they would have been determined to hold onto Sancho until that date at the very least.
While United’s season will still be ongoing into late July, and the Europa League tournament which will be held in August, we should not wait around.
With Sancho’s season over at the end of June, negotiations with Dortmund should begin right away.
While there will be a little confusion over United’s involvement in the 2020/21 Champions League due to the Premier League season still taking place, the club should be going all out to sign Sancho regardless.
It will take a big fee, and financial plans should be in place for both scenarios, one with Champions League, and one without.
That shouldn’t affect the Sancho deal, which has been budgeted for. It is just the other deals which will bear the knock-on effect.
If United are deadly serious about the England international, a bid could be in with Dortmund by the end of June.
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