Jadon Sancho must agree wage cut to seal Borussia Dortmund return

Jadon Sancho has endured a tough two years at Manchester United, with manager Erik ten Hag taking him out of the squad halfway through the season to allow the young winger to follow an individual programme.

Sancho’s form improved upon his return to the first-team squad in February but Ten Hag has a clear preference of Marcus Rashford and Antony on the left and right-hand side respectively.

There are no guarantees that Sancho will remain at the club beyond this summer’s transfer window and according to reports, Borussia Dortmund could be interested in bringing him back to the Bundesliga.

A return to the club he made a name for himself with is, however, dependent on a number of factors and the financial aspect is one of the biggest obstacles.

Sancho sealed a substantial rise in wages and his transfer fee has reportedly almost halved since making the big-money move in 2021. According to leading German journalist Christian Falk, a permanent move back to Dortmund is unlikely and a loan move hinges on the England star coming down in wages.

“Although there haven’t yet been any direct talks with Jadon Sancho about a summer transfer, Dortmund’s sports director Sebastian Kehl is always in contact with his advisors from the Project Elite Group,” Falk told CaughtOffside.

“One thing is clear: there will definitely not be a buyback for the time being. Sancho (under contract at Man United until 2026) is still worth in the region of €55m and that would be too expensive for BVB.

“Therefore only a loan would be conceivable at this point, but to do this Sancho would have to cut his €21m salary in half.

“Dortmund also wouldn’t pay the €14m expected for a year’s loan though a maximum of €10m could be considered.”

SN’s verdict…
United need to take a number of things into consideration when it comes to Sancho’s future this summer and part of that will be the transfer kitty that is made available to Ten Hag.

United clearly need to continue investing in the team and another season of bother could do irreversible damage to Sancho’s resale value.

There are no indications that Ten Hag will be able to spend as freely as he was allowed last summer and raising capital through sales may be crucial.

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