Borussia Dortmund’s poor domestic season could end up being disastrous for the German club.
WAZ.de report the financial crisis ‘is hitting the club hard’, and doubled with poor on-pitch performances there could be dire consequences and a sell-off of their top talent.
They sit sixth at present, outside the top four needed to qualify for the Champions League.
Jadon Sancho is their top asset and Sport1 report Dortmund will accept a reduced price for the winger.
There is a big question mark however, as to whether United will actually move for him.
United’s budget won’t be huge
United spent under £100 million last summer and it would be a surprise if we went much over that again.
There could be one marquee deal, and a few smaller, sensibly priced transfers similar to the fees paid for Alex Telles and Amad Diallo.
The talking point at present is where United’s ‘big deal’ will be.
There is a pressing need for a central defender. It feels like United can do better than Victor Lindelof, while Eric Bailly can’t stay fit and Axel Tuanzebe remains unproven.
Jules Kounde is a possible top target, but he has a huge release clause of £70 million, AS report.
If United paid £70 million for Kounde, it is unlikely the club would sanction a similar fee for Sancho, who even at a reduced price would still command a sum of around this figure.
The pandemic has impacted clubs’ abilities to pay big fees. Or at least several of them in one window, unless bankrolled by a billionaire, which United are not.
At this stage we cannot even say whether fans will be back in stadiums next season and in what capacity. It’s a financial nightmare for clubs.
United were prudent last summer and are gambling on Amad Diallo filling the right wing spot. He has every chance of doing so, and can share the load with Mason Greenwood. Do United really need Sancho?
There are other positions to look at in addition to central defence, most pressingly, in defensive midfield where Nemanja Matic’s powers seem on the wane. It’s possible James Garner returns ready to step up, which might save funds on this position.
Sales may help. If Paul Pogba leaves then his fee could be added to money United could receive by selling loanees Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Diogo Dalot. This could substantially boost funds, but there will be a big gap in midfield where Pogba would need replacing.
It helps United to have a plethora of attacking talent coming through the ranks. Shola Shoretire and Hannibal Mejbri are two who can supplement the existing options in addition to Amad Diallo. Facundo Pellistri might even be able to contribute if he has a good loan at Alaves. Anthony Elanga is another who is close to stepping up to the first team.
United are simply no longer desperate for Sancho. If we want a ready-made winger capable of impacting now, there are other players at more affordable fees who would be better fits, like Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, who has outscored Sancho this season with 11 goals to six.
United’s priorities no longer seem Sancho focused. Last summer it seemed everything revolved around him.
For it to be shaping up this way seems odd considering Sancho could be desperate for a fresh start this summer and Dortmund needing to sell.
United could still manage it, by targeting a cheaper defender like Ibrahima Konate, or even taking the Sergio Ramos plunge, leaving funds available for a marquee winger.
At this stage all options are on the table. United have to pick a direction, and Sancho will be hoping the club turn towards him. There are no guarantees, and this time around, United aren’t so singularly focused.
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