By Ason Joel Lwanga
Man United is working on final details of Jadon Sancho deal with Borussia Dortmund focusing around the structure of payment and add-ons.
Premier League club made improved second bid last week comprising a fee in excess of £75m; personal terms not expected to be a problem.
United had made two bids, the latest of which was made last week and comprised a fee in excess of £75m, closer to Dortmund’s valuation. However, there is still work to do before an agreement is struck – notably the structure of payments.
Dortmund wants the majority of the fee paid up front with the rest in achievable add-ons. Personal terms are not expected to be a problem as they were agreed when United went in for Sancho last summer.
Sancho’s contract runs until the summer of 2023 – something not lost on United as Dortmund doesn’t want to risk Sancho entering the final year of his deal. Dortmund have a “gentleman’s agreement” with Sancho allowing him to leave if “certain conditions” are met.
There is an increased confidence from all parties a deal can be struck, and a willingness from all parties to get a deal done.
Dortmund are actively looking at replacements, with PSV’s Donyell Malen and Noni Madueke two players they have extensively scouted.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked about ‘finetuning’ this summer rather than wholesale changes with a suggestion there will be one major, marquee signing accompanied by a couple of other new faces.
“Finance was an issue last summer and a year of football amidst a pandemic has not made the economics any easier at Old Trafford either, so I don’t expect a huge cash injection to suddenly make everything alright.
After extending Edinson Cavani’s stay in Manchester and with hopes high for Mason Greenwood’s continuing development, it would be a surprise if one of either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland arrived at Old Trafford. It does not mean they have not been looked at, they have, but Manchester United have other areas they need to strengthen and their transfer cash can only stretch so far.
“Raising finance from player sales or freeing up big chunks of wages from departures would, again, allow a greater flexibility and Solskjaer and his recruitment team also remain admirers of Sancho.” He said