Borussia Dortmund tipped to take Jadon Sancho 'gamble' which could end Man Utd hopes

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    Manchester United could end up missing out on Jadon Sancho altogether if Borussia Dortmund’s gamble to drive up the price works, according to transfer expert Gabriele Marcotti. The two clubs are currently at a stand-off over the England international’s £108million price tag.

    United have threatened to pull out of negotiations over the valuation and feel they could land Sancho for cheaper next summer when he only has one year left on his contract.

    However, Dortmund may stand firm and take the risk of keeping hold of the 20-year-old for another season in hope more bidders come to the fore.

    Only United have the cash to launch an approach for Sancho this summer as many clubs’ revenue streams have been hit hard by the coronavirus.

    If the Bundesliga side gamble and hope the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid enter the race next year it could inflate the price.

    But on the flip side they could be stuck with a disgruntled Sancho for a year and lose him for less in 2021.

    Marcotti told Sky Sports: “What happens if Dortmund say; ‘We think he’s worth this, let’s wait a season when everyone will have more money and the situation is hopefully closer to normal and deal with it then?’

    “Dortmund have spent money on Jude Bellingham; when it comes to attacking midfielders and wingers, they have a slew of them.

    “Sancho’s contract will also have a year less on it next summer so he’s going to be worth less money. It would be a gamble.

    “Could they extend his contract with a high buy-out clause? I don’t get the sense that Dortmund are pressured into selling right now.

    “They feel confident that they can hold out for terms that are favourable to them. I think United are probably playing this correctly too by not being bullied into it.”

    Meanwhile, Sky Sports transfer guru Dharmesh Sheth has explained why United want to offload Chris Smalling this summer.

    “What Solskjaer didn’t say about Smalling when he spoke about him earlier this week is perhaps more significant,” Sheth told Sky Sports.

    “He spoke about how valuable he has been over the years and how his move was him proving what a good central defender he is.

    “Solskjaer went on to say the following: ‘Chris has shown he will be valuable so I’ve been speaking with him and have been delighted with his season’.

    “He doesn’t commit at all in terms of whether Smalling has a future at United. He has two years left on his contract at Old Trafford and it appears Solskjaer is moving in another direction.

    “There’s even talk United are in the market for another central defender; he was already fourth choice behind Maguire, Lindelof and Tuanzebe. This would seem to be the time for United to do business on Smalling.”



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