Liverpool and Bayern Munich ‘overtake Manchester United in the race to sign Jadon Sancho’ with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ready to sanction a £100m move next summer after holding back this time around
- Manchester United failed to bring in top target Jadon Sancho this summer
- Reports claimed United initially offered lower wages than he is on in Germany
- They are expected to move for him next summer but could face stiff competition
- Bayern Munich and Liverpool are both reportedly seen as more likely moves now
Manchester United’s hopes of landing top target Jadon Sancho next summer have reportedly taken a knock with Liverpool and Bayern Munich now seen as more likely landing spots.
United made no secret of their pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund winger but they were left bemused by the German club’s £108million price tag.
It is expected United will try again next summer although the Independent report that Jurgen Klopp, who has spoken to Sancho previously, can steal a march on United by pushing for Liverpool to sign him.
Jadon Sancho was pursued all summer by Manchester United but a move failed to materialise
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) could steal a march on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) next summer with a report detailing Liverpool’s interest in getting Sancho
The report details how those close to the deal attest that Liverpool has always been the preferred move for the player, despite an acknowledgement of Sancho’s willingness to joining United had a deal been agreed.
Bayern Munich, another potential option, would follow on from the well-trodden path many before him have taken swapping Dortmund for Munich.
The European champions added Leroy Sane from Manchester City and Douglas Costa from Juventus in wide areas but Sancho is among the finest in Europe in his position and is only 20.
Bayern Munich know Sancho well and many players have moved between the German sides
The fall-out from United’s failed pursuit of England international Sancho is likely to be extensive depending on the attacking returns of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Edinson Cavani, an orthodox No 9, signed as a free agent on deadline day to add experience in attack but a lack of depth on the wings could dent their hopes of success.
Reports on Tuesday surfaced that United had in fact offered Sancho wages that were lower than what he earns in Dortmund.
According to The Athletic, the Old Trafford club were never on the verge of signing the England star and that initial calculations for a deal rose to a staggering £227m (€250m).
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward felt a £227m total deal cost as excessive
United failed in a bid to sign Sancho but brought in former PSG striker Edinson Cavani
The report claims that United – conscious of maintaining their wage structure – initially proposed a salary that was less than Sancho’s total pay packet at Dortmund, before a second offer in early August only matched his Dortmund deal, with the potential for a marginal increase based on performance.
Furthermore, United reportedly argued that Sancho’s £108m valuation did not take into account the financial slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with club chiefs feeling the price should have been lowered.
But the outlet adds that initial calculations rose to £227m with wages and agent fees, leaving United with no choice but to refuse that amount.
It has been said that Dortmund originally wanted the £108m fee as a ‘minimum’ and ideally planned to receive a fee nearer the £133m (€147m) mark that Barcelona paid for Ousmane Dembele in 2017.
United reportedly asked Sancho to take a pay-cut in their original offer made to his camp
United reportedly never got close to that guaranteed sum, with one offer, submitted by chief negotiator Matt Judge through agents in the final week of September, amounting to £80m plus add-ons.
Liverpool made three acquisitions this summer by bringing in Thiago Alcantara from Bayern and Diogo Jota from Wolves.
They had previously recruited Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas as cover for Andy Robertson at left back.
Having spent modestly in comparison to rivals it is expected they will make a major statement in the transfer market next summer, and that could well be in a move for Sancho, who has three years left on his deal.
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