San­cho is happy to stay at Dort­mund, say his team-mates

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mike McGrath

Jadon San­cho’s team-mates are un­der­stood to be con­vinced he will re­main at Borus­sia Dort­mund for one more year fol­low­ing his in­volve­ment in pre-sea­son train­ing.

San­cho, 20, is wanted by Manch­ester United but there has been no agree­ment over a fee as Dort­mund stick to their £108mil­lion val­u­a­tion, with the Eng­land for­ward in­te­grated back into Lu­cien Favre’s squad and play­ing a prom­i­nent role in train­ing ses­sions.

Favre has used San­cho in his first-choice for­ward line – along with Er­ling Haa­land and Thor­gan Haz­ard – dur­ing ses­sions of shape and team for­ma­tion work in his prepa­ra­tions for 2020-21.

San­cho is open to a Premier League re­turn three years af­ter his move from Manch­ester City for £8mil­lion, yet he has told his Dort­mund team-mates he is will­ing to wait an­other sea­son if a deal does not ma­te­ri­alise be­fore the trans­fer dead­line in just over six weeks.

With no break­through over a fee be­tween United and Dort­mund, San­cho could have ag­i­tated for a move on his re­turn to pre-sea­son train­ing, but there have been no signs of him look­ing to force his way out at the West­falen­sta­dion.

He was dis­ci­plined by Dort­mund last sea­son af­ter be­ing late back from in­ter­na­tional duty and also ac­cused of not be­ing fo­cused by Favre, yet he has con­cen­trated on the new sea­son since re­turn­ing to ac­tion, de­spite hav­ing the trans­fer saga hang­ing over him.

Favre started him against RheinLille dorf Al­tach and he also played a half against Aus­tria Vi­enna in pre­sea­son friendlies ahead of the Bun­desliga cam­paign, which starts on Sept 18.

Dort­mund had wanted any deal done be­fore Favre had his play­ers back in pre-sea­son, to give their coach the max­i­mum time to work with the play­ers for next sea­son.

That dead­line, 10 days ago, has passed but United have pri­vately in­sisted they would not be held to a cer­tain date. There is con­fi­dence that Dort­mund would lis­ten to a suit­able of­fer.

Both clubs have been in­volved in trans­fer bat­tles for play­ers this year, with Dort­mund win­ning the race for Haa­land, who was wanted by Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer. They also landed Jude Belling­ham from Birm­ing­ham af­ter United had tried to per­suade the teenager to join them.

De­spite be­ing among the heav­ier spenders in Europe, Dort­mund have in­sisted they will not sell for less than their val­u­a­tion. United have dis­cussed the struc­ture of the deal and the num­ber of in­stal­ments with the Ger­man club, but have not reached an agree­ment.

San­cho has a hec­tic two years ahead, with the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships at the end of the sea­son, then the World Cup in 2022.

United have been look­ing to make him their big sum­mer sign­ing, while main­tain­ing their re­cent shift in pol­icy of tar­get­ing younger and hun­gry, of­ten home­grown, tal­ent rather than mar­quee sign­ings.

Rid­ing high: Jadon San­cho on his way to train­ing with Borus­sia Dort­mund

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.