Date published: Sunday 18th October 2020 12:11
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes Manchester United “misjudged” a deal for Jadon Sancho during the recent transfer window.
The Red Devils failed to get a deal for the England winger over the line, despite a long-winded pursuit.
Indeed Sancho agreed personal terms at Old Trafford but his exit fee proved the key stumbling block. Dortmund wanted £108million, a fee United felt was unrealistic in the current climate.
Several senior Dortmund figures, including Watzke, expressed their confidence during the window that Sancho would stay.
And the CEO has now claimed that, while his side’s stance will not change, there could be room for compromise.
“They (Man Utd) misjudged the situation,” Watzke told ZDF Sports (via Goal). “We would be more willing to compromise. We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.
“In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.”
It became clear that a deal for Sancho looked a long shot after news of the deal went quiet. The transfer looked to have advanced when United and the winger agreed terms, but the exit fee eventually halted progress.
As such, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men looked elsewhere. They brought in Uruguayan youngster Facundo Pellistri, who Solskjaer says is a star for the future.
Rising Atalanta star Amad Traore has also agreed a deal and will move to the Premier League in January.
Elsewhere, free agent Edinson Cavani signed a contract and left-back Alex Telles arrived on a busy deadline day.
Sancho, meanwhile, has started the season with one goal and two assists in four games in all competitions.
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