Dortmund CONFIRM Sancho is close to £73m switch to Manchester United

‘It was Jadon’s wish to change… we’re not happy about the money’: Borussia Dortmund CONFIRM Sancho is heading to Man United for £73m – and say they’ve got him on the CHEAP after wanting £107m

  • Jadon Sancho is closing in on a huge £73million move to Manchester United
  • Publicly-owned Dortmund confirmed the news in statement to the stock market
  • CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke then sat down in front of the media to explain further
  • He said Dortmund aren’t happy with fee and explained Sancho pushed for move

Jadon Sancho’s imminent £73million move to Manchester United has been confirmed by Borussia Dortmund, who have been left furious by the low transfer fee and the player’s desire to leave.

The summer switch was first confirmed by the German giants in a statement to the stock market on Thursday morning, before CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke sat down in front of the press to further explain the situation.

At the unveiling of new manager Marco Rose, Watzke revealed that an agreement is in place for Sancho, but that Dortmund were unhappy with the fee, given they were pushing for £107m following his impressive season.

Jadon Sancho is closing in on a £73m move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund have insisted that it is Sancho’s desire to move back to England from Germany

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke (right) explained the latest at a press conference

‘There is an agreement, but not yet enforcement,’ he told the press. ‘There are still medical tests pending. This is done explicitly at Jadon’s request. 

‘We would have liked to keep him. But he behaved fantastic and it makes a difference whether someone communicates this clearly or goes on strike with a riot. We are sad that he is leaving, but we will surely find a solution.’

New boss Rose, meanwhile, said: ‘Jadon’s qualities were unpredictable. Every coach likes to have a player like Jadon Sancho on his team. We knew that it could mean that Jadon won’t be there next season. We’ll try to get him replace and find creative solutions. We see opportunities in repositioning ourselves in certain positions.’

Dortmund became the first publicly-traded club in Germany back in 2000, meaning they are obligated to keep their shareholders up to date with goings-on at the club. 

Sancho is currently on England duty but had asked Dortmund to allow him United switch

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to be closing in on the huge signing

Dortmund’s statement to the stock market announcing Sancho’s imminent exit to United

And it was via their announcement to the market at 10:29am BST on Thursday that the England man’s exit to Old Trafford was confirmed. 

The statement, under the headline ‘Jadon Sancho close to move to Manchester United’, reads: ‘The player Jadon Sancho (“Player”) is close to move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United Football Club Limited.

‘This is the today’s agreement of both clubs and the player in principle. Upon realisation of this transfer Manchester United will pay BVB a fixed transfer compensation in the amount of 85.0m EUR (£73.1m).’

The announcement then goes on to reveal that the deal is still subject to the 21-year-old completing a medical at United, stating: ‘The contractual details now have to be coordinated and completed. 

‘Moreover, the formal processing of the transfer is still subject to the successful completion of all necessary medical tests and examinations, a coordination procedure with the player’s previous club and the proper and timely processing in accordance with the provisions of the FIFA Transfer Matching System (FIFA TMS).

‘With the realization of this transfer business, the management expects a positive effect on the key earnings figures (EBITDA, EBIT) for the 2021/2022 financial year in the amount of approx. 56.0m EUR (£48.2m).’ 

Dortmund, meanwhile, have made enquiries for another English starlet in Noni Madueke ahead of Sancho’s imminent departure.

Borussia Dortmund have made enquiries about PSV Eindhoven starlet Noni Madueke (above)

Dortmund say Sancho’s behaviour has been ‘fantastic’ after he asked for a move to United

PSV and England Under-21 winger Madueke is high on Dortmund’s list of possible replacements for Sancho.

Dortmund are keen to bring in two wide players with the funds they are about to receive for Sancho, with Madueke one of the names in their sights. 

Madueke is well known to Dortmund’s new manager Rose. He was keen to sign Madueke when he was in charge of former club Borussia Monchengladbach.

Madueke was viewed as one of the best players of his age has he came through at Tottenham and continued to display his potential since moving to PSV aged 16 in search of more first team opportunities.

He progressed quickly through PSV’s youth setup, made his debut aged 17 the following season and has become a regular in the first-team setup.

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