Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has confirmed that Manchester United inquired about signing Jadon Sancho this past summer. In a documentary on Amazon Prime, Zorc admitted that brief talks had taken place between the two clubs about the England starlet, but also made it clear that a move was never realistic this year.
“A meeting did take place [between Dortmund and Manchester United for Jadon Sancho]. Man. United invited the consultant. But according to what I know, the consultant told the club that no matter how much they offer, we won’t let him go this summer.”
Sancho himself was said to not (yet) be keen on a move back to England, just a year removed from leaving Manchester City in search of regular first-team football. Zorc seemed to confirm that as well, and that he had to get firm at one point to shut down United’s interest.
“The player also has no intention of taking that step this summer — I had to call [Manchester United] to order and get a little louder to keep it constructive.”
Reports that Sancho is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target for the currently vacant right-wing position have persisted for months. Even though Sancho is still just a teenager with a year and a bit of senior football under his belt, the fact that he is such a hugely exciting — and, crucially, English — talent means that he is likely to fetch an enormous fee.
It would be a surprise if Dortmund did not cash in on their prized asset next summer, but whether United will be an attractive enough prospect to Sancho at that time is another matter.