Borussia Dortmund’s hardline stance over Jadon Sancho is not convincing everybody.

The German side came out on Monday and insisted Sancho will remain at United, despite ongoing interest from Manchester United, BBC Sport reported.

The Sancho saga dominated conversation in the build up to Monday night’s Europa League quarter-final against FC Copenhagen.

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Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves, who played in Germany for Bayern Munich, said he was not buying Dortmund’s stance as serious at all.

Speaking to BT Sport, Hargreaves said: “Bluff. I’m calling bluff, he’ll be a Man Utd player in a matter of time.

“[They are] trying to get a bit more money out of it, it’s the nature of the beast. I think they are bluffing, they know he’s going to leave.”

In United’s hands

Former United stars Paul Scholes and Robin van Persie both agreed that this is just a test of the Old Trafford club’s resolve.

Scholes told BT Sport: “They are just after a bit more money out of it. He’s a great player. £108 million is a lot of money to go to.


“If Ole desperately desperately wants him, I think they’ll get him.”

Van Persie added: “How far are you (United) willing to go? It’s just business.”

It is up to United now to find a way to get the deal done. There are not many viable alternatives to Sancho around who possess the same combination of quality and potential.

We would suspect there will be a few rumours suggesting alternatives now, as United attempt to create the illusion that they will move elsewhere, possibly to push Sancho into making a transfer request and forcing through a move.

What is clear is that currently it does not appear there will be a swift resolution to the deal.

The transfer window is open until October 5, and we would expect that this will drag out until the end of August at the least.

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