Borussia Dortmund 'lining up Malen as Sancho replacement'

Man United’s £77m Jadon Sancho deal ‘is on the home stretch’ as Borussia Dortmund open talks with Mino Raiola to sign PSV Eindhoven star Donyell Malen as a £25m replacement

  • Jadon Sancho’s £77million move to Manchester United is slowly inching closer
  • Borussia Dortmund have already identified a player to spend the cash on
  • PSV Eindhoven and Holland star Donyell Malen, 22, is in their sights for £25m
  • Talks have already started between Dortmund and Malen’s agent Mino Raiola
  • Most of the Sancho money will go to easing Dortmund’s financial situation  

Jadon Sancho’s £77million move to Manchester United ‘is on the home stretch’ – and Borussia Dortmund have already lined up a replacement.

The German club reportedly plan to reinvest some of the Sancho money to buy PSV Eindhoven and Holland star Donyell Malen.

It suggests completion of England forward Sancho’s move to Old Trafford is imminent with only the finer details to be ironed out now. 

The long-running transfer saga is close to an end with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally about to get his man ahead of the new season. 

Jadon Sancho’s £77million move to Manchester United is inching closer to a conclusion 

Donyell Malen could be on his way to Borussia Dortmund with talks over a transfer underway

German newspaper Bild report talks with Malen’s agent Mino Raiola have already opened with Dortmund looking to pay around £25million for a player also linked with Liverpool.

This fee could rise slightly with bonuses and add-ons but Dortmund are determined that most of the money raised from Sancho’s sale will plug the £65m gap in their finances left by the Covid-19 crisis.

Former Arsenal academy player Malen, 22, scored 27 goals and created a further 10 for PSV during the 2020-21 season and is currently with Holland at Euro 2020.

Malen has featured in all three of their group matches and started the third of these, a 3-0 win over North Macedonia this week.

Malen enjoyed an excellent season for PSV in 2020-21, scoring 27 goals and creating 10 more

Malen, 22, has also been linked with Liverpool but Dortmund are hoping to seal a transfer 

Mino Raiola is Malen’s agent and has a good rapport with Dortmund after the Haaland deal

But Bild report a slight issue for Dortmund. With Liverpool and other clubs interested in Malen, they will need to move quickly to secure the deal, which means completing the Sancho transfer soon.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has made it clear that they will look elsewhere if PSV decide to try and trigger a bidding war that drives up the asking price.

Luckily they have a good rapport with Raiola after he brokered the transfer of star striker Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020.

Malen plays as more of a central striker for PSV but is capable of playing out wide with his pace and trickery.

Sancho, who’s currently away with England, got his first minutes of Euro 2020 on Tuesday

As with last year, Dortmund gave United a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ fee for Sancho, this time £77m, and it appears United have matched the bid with the deal expected to be completed in the coming days.

Dortmund also set a date of July 23 for the move to be completed to avoid drawn-out negotiations interrupting their pre-season preparations.

He would be United’s third-most expensive signing behind Paul Pogba (£89m) and Harry Maguire (£80m).

The 21-year-old has a sensational return of goals and assists since joining Dortmund in 2017

Personal terms on a five-year contract have already been agreed meaning there should just be a few formalities to complete.

Meanwhile, Sancho is hoping to be involved in England’s last-16 Euro 2020 match against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Despite an excellent season for Dortmund in which he scored 16 goals and contributed 20 assists, Sancho has played just six minutes at the Euros so far.

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