Manchester United’s hopes of signing Jadon Sancho are officially over. The Red Devils have been chasing the England winger’s signature all summer long. United have made several approaches for the Borussia Dortmund ace over the last few months, all of which have been firmly rebuffed by the Bundesliga side.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has repeatedly had his offers for the 20-year-old knocked back because of his refusal to meet Dortmund’s valuation of the Manchester City academy graduate.
Dortmund were adamant Sancho would only leave the Signal Iduna Park if their £108million asking price was met.
United – who have suffered signifcant financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – refused to play ball and hoped Dortmund would return to the negotiating table before deadline day.
Dortmund, however, stood firm, much to the dissapointment of many United fans.
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Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho is officially over
And the Old Trafford faifthul’s hopes of seeing Sancho make a last-gasp move to the Theatre of Dreams have officially gone up in smoke.
That’s because the German transfer window shut at 5pm BST time (6pm CET time).
United could still sign the England star but with Dortmund unable to sign a replacement the deal is dead in the water.
United’s failure to land Sancho has seen them miss out on their No.1 target for the summer.
Woodward’s failure to sign Sancho – who bagged 20 goals and 20 assists last season – has drawn the ire of many connected to United, including former Red Devils midfielder Luke Chadwick.
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He told Sports Mole: “It does seem from the outside looking in that maybe all the eggs have been put in the Jadon Sancho basket and that’s going to keep people happy for a certain period of time.
“I think it’s been glaringly obvious since the start of the season that there needs to be another central defender to come in and offer more competition, someone who plays every game really, with the back four that’s playing at the moment.
“It does seem to be a little bit reactive in terms of there doesn’t seem to be a huge recruitment plan there of what happens.
“It seems to be someone might become available and United go and try and get them.
“Obviously Van de Beek is a hugely talented football player but you wonder where he’s going to play because I assume Bruno [Fernandes] is going to play every game, I assume [Paul] Pogba is going to play every game.
“We talk about the issues in the back four – if it’s a Van de Beek, Bruno, Pogba (midfield) in front of them it doesn’t offer a huge amount of protection to the back four so you look at the likes of [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay who surely have to play at the moment to protect the back four to a certain extent.”
United will be back in action a week on Saturday, travelling to the St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.
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