Sky Sports offer some clarity over Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Respected reporter James Cooper claims the transfer is not being held up by Borussia the transfer fee but by Sancho’s wage demands and agent fees.
It makes sense because it would be extremely difficult for United to discuss terms with Borussia Dortmund and not having personal terms sewn up.
Although transfer guru Fabrizio Romano previously claimed (via The Guardian) that personal terms had been agreed between United and Sancho, Stretty News understands that is not true. The piece of intel may have been passed on by someone involved in the deal, but United never claimed that there was an agreement in place with the player.
In a report, Sky claims that Sancho remains our top transfer target this summer and that a deal can still be done with Borussia Dortmund. Cooper adds that the €120m (£107m) transfer fee ‘may prove to be the least treacherous part of actually bringing the player to Old Trafford in the coming weeks.’
‘The major hurdles remain Sancho’s wages and the agent’s fees that have been described as “outrageous”,’ Cooper adds.
‘Movements in these areas would allow a transfer to be unlocked and there’s still a lot of hope that a solution can be found to finally keep all parties happy, especially as there’s a belief Sancho would like to join Ole’s project.’
United could be playing a patient game with Sancho’s agents, who we have every reason to believe are looking for the best deal possible, but the fact it has dragged on so long kills any confidence I had in a deal being struck this summer.
The club had a year to go at Sancho and weren’t afraid of it their pursuit going public at the beginning of the transfer window.