October 22, 2021

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Man United ‘propose’ Ballon d’Or clause for £86m Sancho deal

Man United “propose” a Ballon d’Or clause to be a part of the Jadon Sancho deal, but Borussia Dortmund are “not interested”, according to reports.

Sancho has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford. He looked set to return to the Premier League last summer.

The winger agreed on personal terms with The Red Devils, but they and Dortmund could not agree to a transfer fee. The German side were unwilling to lower their valuation of Sancho which tottled £103m.

Sancho has continued to impress for Dortmund this term. He got eight goals and eleven assists for them from his 26 outings in the Bundesliga.

The Englishman is being lined up by Man United again this summer. The transfer fee continues to be the only sticking point to the deal coming to fruition.

The Athletic have reported that Man United’s opening offer for Sancho this summer has gone in. With add-ons, they have offered Dortmund around £75m.

The Bundesliga outfit are looking for a fee that is closer to £86m for Sancho this summer.

The gap in valuation is considered to be “surmountable” as both sides are now discussing potential bonuses. Man United have “proposed” a Ballon d’Or clause but Dortmund are not interested.

The report reads: “It appears this deal is now largely down to the nature of bonuses. Dortmund executives are open to add-ons making up a part of the final figure but want them to be realistically achievable.

They want the bonuses based on club income via team success rather than individual awards.

“They are not, for example, interested in a Ballon d’Or clause, which has been proposed by United and would be triggered if Sancho comes in the top three in the annual award.

“The same stipulation was inserted by United on deals involving Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.

In talks over Fernandes in January 2020, Sporting Lisbon also pushed back against that particular add-on, before agreeing to it when United offered more guaranteed cash in advance.”