Manchester United fans are still waiting to see Jadon Sancho in training, let alone a game.
That time will soon come, with the MEN reporting he will join training this Friday, but it’s been a long wait.
That is underlined by the fact that it is a year ago today since the Guardian reported that United had agreed terms with Sancho.
The move felt so close then
The Sancho saga was agonising last summer. But when this report came out, it felt like United were finally getting somewhere.
The report claimed that United were close to agreeing a fee for the England winger, and both clubs were confident a deal would get done.
United were apparently set to pay an initial £90 million – in three installments – and £18 million in add-ons. But obviously that didn’t happen.
And it ended up saving United time and money this summer.
How the deal got done
When United went back in for Sancho this summer, personal terms weren’t a problem as they’d already been agreed in 2020.
The Guardian report United agreed to pay Sancho £250,000-a-week.
That meant United could get straight on with negotiating a fee with Dortmund.
The German club had been staunch in their desire to hold out for £108 million in 2020. The situation had changed by this summer.
Dortmund plan to sell one major asset per year and Sancho was the one for 2021. Next summer, it’ll be Erling Haaland.
Having given Dortmund an extra year and agreed personal terms with United already, Sancho’s exit was a much smoother affair this year.
Perhaps United’s new transfer team, John Murtough and Darren Fletcher, ensured that negotiations didn’t drag on as long this time around too.
A year after first agreeing terms with United, Sancho still hasn’t worn the famous red shirt in a game. But it won’t be long now and it’ll be worth the wait.
Jadon Sancho: Why Manchester United signed him
- Jadon Sancho had a prolific 2020/21 season
Sancho ended the season with 16 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, bouncing back from a slow start.
- Sancho can play on both wings
Sancho is predominantly a right winger but also started several games on the left for Dortmund last season. His arrival would give United extra versatility on both sides.
- Sancho became the youngest ever player in the Bundesliga to score 15 goals
He set this record in his first season, breaking a record which had stood since 1967. He now has 50 career goals for the club and more than 50 assists.
- Always looking to create chances
Sancho made more passes into the penalty area (82) than any other player in the Bundesliga in the 2020/21 season. He also dribbled into the final third the highest number of times (81).
- Gets better as games go on
14 of Sancho’s 17 Bundesliga goals in the 2019/20 season were scored in the second half of matches as he wore opponents down, along with 12 of his assists.
- Now he’s a winner
Sancho scored two goals and provided one assist to help Dortmund to a German Cup final win over RB Leipzig in May.
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