August 18, 2020
Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has talked about the importance of Jadon Sancho remaining at the Bundesliga club this summer. The 20-year-old has been linked to Manchester United for well over a year now with suggestions last summer that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club would make a move for the former Manchester City academy player. The coronavirus pandemic seems to have caused financial damage which might actually limit United’s financial might this summer.
United were given a deadline of the 10 August to sign Sancho with a €120 million fee payable for the English winger this summer. United chose to let he deadline pass, considering they were still participating in the UEFA Europa League at the time with Sancho leaving with his teammates for a pre-season training camp in Switzerland. Since then, the German club has stated that they plan to keep Sancho at the club for the 2020/21 season, which seems to be a wish rather than a confirmation.
Favre, speaking to Der Westen and reported by The Sun, said:
“It is important that he stays with us. That is of course also important for the team.
“Sancho is of course a very good player but he must also have in mind that he still has a lot to learn.
“He needs to have better control of the ball, to do more headed flick-ons and to improve his defending.
“He can’t just stop running and stand still for 10 minutes and then suddenly do something for the next 10 minutes. This applies to everyone else as well.”
We all know that Sancho is an important player for Dortmund and that they would like to retain the player this summer, but in the years to come, is he going to be worth £100 million and more? That is something that they might not be able to guarantee. The player could have a shocking 2020/21 season and his value to fall considerably. That is what happens in football. Favre might already know this, hence the comments that he is still a player learning the game, which could even be reverse psychology.
There seems to be something said by someone at Dortmund nearly every day with the manager, the sporting director, the CEO and teammates of Sancho. If the club was really confident of the player not leaving this summer, why the constant commenting in the media? It just seems strange. Surely, if the club made the decision to keep the player, the statement from the club should be enough to do that, surely? The Borussia Dortmund supporters seem to be quick to insult and abuse United supporters whenever they mention anything about Sancho but that seems to be fear.
If United want to sign Sancho this summer, they will need to pay £108 million for the player. On Monday, it was reported that Solskjaer would need to sell some of his fringe players at the club in order to raise the cash and clear the wage bill to add another play who would become a high earner. United really need to add quality to the squad this season as the first XI are good but the lack of quality depth is the problem moving forward. The Glazers must be able to see that getting the best available players will go a long way to helping United return to the promised land, which will make more money for the club in the long run.
Written by John Walker