It is one month today since Jadon Sancho to Manchester United speculation looked more convincing than ever.
It was on August 4 that The Guardian reported Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund were in ‘advanced talks’ over a deal.
It was at this point that United fans began convinced a move was nearly done, with an announcement expected for the seventh, to coincide with the number seven shirt Sancho is likely to wear.
There was no announcement, and United missed Dortmund’s supposed deadline of August 10.
So what went wrong?
First we will take a look at the key lines from The Guardian’s article: “Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a fee for Jadon Sancho, with the England forward having agreed personal terms on a five-year contract at Old Trafford.
“Both clubs are understood to be confident a deal to make Sancho the most expensive English player in history is nearing completion.”
United refused to be pushed into meeting an artificial deadline for Sancho, although there is still a suspicion that to sign the player, Dortmund’s asking price of £108 million will have to be met.
Dortmund have publicly insisted Sancho is not going anywhere, but sporting director Michel Zorc’s insistence ‘the decision is final’, via The Mail, was met with scepticism from supporters amid previously similar backtracking over Ousmane Dembele.
ESPN then claimed days later that it was personal terms and agent fees which were holding up a deal, rather than a negotiation over price.
The Mail reported on Thursday (September 3) that United are now pushing to finalise agent fees, before going back to Dortmund with an official bid.
Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones reported also that a deal is being discussed privately, rather than being played out through the media.
Should we be hopeful?
It feels like a critical two weeks are ahead if United are going to land Sancho.
While it is not impossible that a deal could still be struck on deadline day, it is hard to see this benefitting either club involved, or player.
Dortmund will want time to sign a replacement, and if a deal can be done in the next fortnight, they will have plenty of scope to do so.
Sancho has refused to pledge his future to Dortmund, and this fits with the MEN‘s claim that Sancho is keen for the move to go ahead.
Right now we should be optimistic, after getting the Donny van de Beek deal done.
The number seven shirt still lies vacant, with The Mail insisting United want to strike while the iron is hot.
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