Manchester United have submitted a first offer for Jadon Sancho, report BILD.
This is at least further than United got last summer, when no offers were formally submitted.
The report states United have offered 70 million Euros [£60m] rising to 85 million Euros [£73m].
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly holding out for 90 million Euros [£77m] plus bonuses.
As such United’s first approach appears likely to be rejected, but in some ways, this is progress to have submitted a formal offer.
It is positive United are making steps to try and conclude this deal sooner rather than later.
We wrote earlier how United supporters do not want to endure another painstaking summer of transfer failure where this move drags on all summer. It’s not in the clubs’ interests to drag it out.
United’s initial offer was never going to be enough at just £60m up front, but as a starting point for negotiations, at least it is on the table and the clubs should hopefully reach a compromise.
Dortmund were looking for far more money last summer so their asking price is somewhat of a climbdown from there.
Knowing United it will probably end up with the club paying Dortmund’s asking price anyway. So long as the deal gets done.
Jadon Sancho: Why Manchester United want 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.