A few days into the transfer window, we should not really be surprised that no deal has been struck between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho yet.
After all this is a club which typically drag out transfer deals far longer than is necessary, with last summer’s move for Harry Maguire only conducted the week before the season began.
The move for Bruno Fernandes took until the penultimate day of January to conclude, while the less said about a shambolic striker chase the better, even if the club lucked out with Odion Ighalo as an emergency solution.
So expecting efficiency and a desire to make a quick statement by tying up a deal for Sancho quickly was always asking too much.
We won’t criticise too much at this early stage. This is just United’s typical method of slow playing negotiations.
Dortmund trying to hurry United along
Dortmund are obviously concerned this could drag out too. The deadline of the transfer window is October 5, and they need to buy replacements.
They are reported to be trying to hurry United up, with The Mail claiming they have imposed a deadline of August 10 for the Red Devils to pay up.
We don’t expect them to stick to this. If United offer their full asking price on August 20, a deal will likely be agreed. Dortmund are simply trying to spare us all by hurrying up what looks inevitable – United paying close to the full asking price.
What we have come to learn about United’s big negotiations is that the club will try to knock as much off the price as possible, with parts of the fee to be paid in performance-related clauses. We don’t know if this will work with Dortmund, but United will clearly try to explore this.
Reports from German magazine Kicker today linking Sancho to Liverpool are more of the same. Leaks designed from Dortmund’s end to try and panic United into a deal. Don’t pay too much attention to them.
Sky report United are ‘confident’ of a move, with Dortmund wanting £109 million in total and £90.5 million of that up front. Ed Woodward will be looking to bring this overall fee down to under £100 million.
What has not happened yet is a formal offer from United. And there has been no agreement, and without that nor can personal terms be agreed.
Until a fee is agreed, try not to get swept up in the hourly updates with one source saying one thing, and another counter-claiming with another. This week has been full of that already.
It is early, and if United were going to do this quickly it would have already been done in the last couple of days. Instead United will try and grind Dortmund down as much as possible.
This one could take a fortnight to resolve, a month, or longer. This club just don’t do things the easy way.
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