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Dortmund Boldly Harden Stance on Sancho

Bundesliga club don’t need to sell and aren’t prepared to negotiate with United in January...

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A drop of the shoulder and off he goes, Jadon Sancho takes on Daniel Caligiuri of Augsburg in a Bundesliga game at the end of September.
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According to Germany’s Sport Bild magazine, Jadon Sancho will not be going anywhere when the January transfer window comes around.

Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s main target throughout the summer window looks set to elude him once again should United decide to sustain their pursuit of the 20-year-old Englishman.

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly not willing to negotiate come January, just as they were prepared to play hardball in the most recent window. So United will have to meet Dortmund’s evaluation to get their man.

The Black & Yellows are holding all the ace cards with Sancho tied contractually until 2023. And their stance is an admirable one as they continue to build a youthful side to challenge Bayern Munich for the top Bundesliga honours.

Two other top youngsters Dortmund have in the ranks are Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham, each recent potential United targets. But while the English giant dithered Borussia snapped them up.

Of course come January, the landscape could change, although the effects of Covid-19 is likely to depress the market still further. Given United’s stance up until now, it’s illogical to think they’ll possess the appetite to increase their bid.

The only solace for United should they retain interest will be other clubs’ reluctance to meet Dortmund’s asking price, but even at that there’s no guarantee another of Europe’s biggest clubs won’t take the plunge.

And will Dortmund, reportedly fed up at United’s recent handling of the situation, be easier to deal with should another of the European powerhouses come knocking?