Manchester United have £80million as ‘the ceiling’ they’re prepared to pay for Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, it has been claimed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already missed out on the England international twice in the past. And he’s hoping that, this summer, it’ll be third time lucky.
Manchester United had originally intended to sign Erling Haaland but, over the past couple of months, have turned their attentions back to Sancho again.
The Borussia Dortmund star has been on the club’s radar ever since the summer transfer window of 2017, back when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
Solskjaer saw United try, and fail, to land Sancho in both 2019 and 2020.
And they’ve found negotiations with Dortmund tricky again this summer, with the Bundesliga giants determined to get a big fee for their prized asset.
And however this settles they would like it is reported as an £80m transfer and no more than that. That’s what I’ve been told and that’s what the club have been saying for some time now.
“I was speaking to someone yesterday who said the next storyline will be does he get the No 7 shirt? People are getting so confident and there’s more of a willingness on both sides to get it done now.”
We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three percent of that.
“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt. So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years. The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”
He then added: “It [debt and dividend payments] has never stood in the way of us pursuing players or transfers on the pitch.
“We may have walked away from transfers at times because the other side wanted an outlandish number. And while it’s easy to pay it that one time, it does have consequences.
“You do it once and the next person expects it, and then the next person expects it. And that’s not good, ultimately, for the club. So, we think that we’re able to accomplish all these things and still have.
We’re going to keep investing on the pitch, which we did last year, and we plan on doing it meaningfully this year. So, we feel that we’re in a good spot.”
Sancho himself was coy on his future when pressed on the matter last month.
“Will I leave the club? I don’t know about my future,” said the 21-year-old.
“I am very happy here at the moment. I love the club, the fans and the team. They gave me my first professional start.”