Jadon Sancho will STAY at Borussia Dortmund this season, with the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Michael Zorc insisting ‘the decision is final’.
The England international, 20, has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, however, the Red Devils are not willing to meet Dortmund’s £100million valuation of the player.
Sancho has been a revelation for Dortmund over the past two seasons
Dortmund set August 10 – the day they travelled to their pre-season training camp – as the deadline for a deal to be agreed, but they are now ensconced in Bad Ragaz in Switzerland with nothing in place.
That prompted Zorc to confidently announce Sancho would not be going anywhere.
“We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions,” he told a press conference.
Negotiations appear to have been made more difficult by Zorc’s revelation that the 20-year-old’s contract has three years left to run and not two as originally thought.
Zorc also said Sancho will be staying at the club until 2023
“Last summer we adjusted the salary to the performance development of Jadon. In this context, we have extended the contract until 2023,” he added.
Last week United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted signing Sancho presented a significant challenge but refused to be drawn on their pursuit.
Asked how difficult, he said: “Well, we’re looking into all transfers differently. I’m not going to speak about individuals that are not our players.”
Sancho joined the German club from United’s rivals Manchester City in August 2017.
His excellent progress over the past two seasons has seen him develop into one of the world’s most exciting forwards.
He scored 20 goals and provided 20 assists in all competitions for Dortmund in 2019/20 and has established himself in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.