Manchester United’s bid to land Jadon Sancho this summer remains in limbo.
Recent reports from Sky Sports have claimed the Red Devils will not pay more than £50million for the England winger as Borussia Dortmund command a fee in excess of £100million.
Earlier this week, Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke predicted nobody will meet their valuation of Sancho and United fans now fear the move is in tatters.
“I don’t think a club will pay the sum. There is also no coronavirus discount on him,” Watzke told Sport 1.
But they set a precedent with their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes which gives fans hope and suggests Ed Woodward might still splash the cash.
United’s bid to land Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon famously dragged on.
They failed to agree a deal last summer and, in January, the deal stalled for over a week after personal terms had reportedly been agreed as they failed to agree a fee with Sporting Lisbon.
Eventually, United caved and met Sporting’s valuation, agreeing a deal with various instalments worth up to £67.7million having paid £47million up front.
Speaking a few weeks after the deal, Sporting Lisbon vice-president Francisco Salgado Zenha confirmed United had paid over the odds.
“I realised in the negotiations that Manchester United was convinced that we were going to give in and that for €50m he was doing the deal. Well they ended up paying 65 million.
“They were wrong and ended up paying what we wanted. We went to get 20 million more than if we had sold four months ago.”
Ultimately, the move has paid off for United with Fernandes instantly transforming the fortunes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
But, at the time, one of their concerns over meeting the valuation as they pondered whether to splash the cash was how it could impact future negotiations.
That could mean it now comes back to bite them with Dortmund well aware they have set a precedent of spending big to land their top target.
Sancho is expected to be United’s priority this summer, and Dortmund now look set to stand firm on their £100m valuation and hope Ed Woodward again gives in as he did with Fernandes in January.