Manchester United fans on social media were sent into panic on Monday afternoon after comments made by Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc regarding the future of Jadon Sancho.
United’s interest in Sancho has become an open secret and he is clearly a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to build his team around next season.
But Zorc appeared definite in his admission that he does not expect Sancho to leave Dortmund this summer.
“We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season,” he said in a press conference at Dortmund’s training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“The decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.
“Last summer we adjusted Jadon’s salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then.”
The clarity in Zorc’s statement has worried United fans who are concerned that any deal for Sancho this summer now might be dead in the water.
But according to a host of reputable journalists, very little has actually changed and United still want to lure the England international to Old Trafford.
Earlier reports had suggested United had been set an unofficial deadline of August 10 to sign Sancho, but there is still two months of the transfer window remaining so there is plenty of time to eventually agree on a deal with Dortmund.
According to Times journalist Paul Hirst and Press Association journalist Simon Peach, Solskjaer has not given up hope in securing his prime target this summer.
MUFC haven't given up hope of signing Jadon Sancho despite Michael Zorc's words today. Transfer window still open for two months so plenty of time left to negotiate in their eyes.
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) August 10, 2020
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) August 10, 2020
Moreover, the Manchester Evening News report that while United are still keen on Sancho, they have been growing frustrated at the slow pace Dortmund are negotiating the transfer.
The MEN’s sources have suggested United find it ‘unusual’ that Dortmund have hired an intermediary on their behalf to discuss the Sancho transfer, and don’t want to be held to ransom over agent fees.
The Sancho saga is going to rumble on for little longer yet…