Sky Deutschland are this evening reporting that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have agreed on a fee for Jadon Sancho.
They explain that ‘after a long game of poker’ the two clubs have met at a figure around the €85m level, and the transfer is described as being ‘imminent’.
Despite that, the whole thing isn’t complete yet. That’s because, according to Sky Deutschland, the method and structure of payment still needs to be finalised between the Premier League club and BVB.
There’s also the issue of any bonus payments and what successes, presumably personal or club based, these will be related to.
Those final fringes of the agreement aren’t expected to cause any problems, and the report makes clear these things don’t normally stop a transfer from happening.
So that’s more confidence coming from Germany that Sancho will be wearing the Red Devils’ shirt in the near future.
Manchester United supporters have now been put through over a year of rumours regarding the club’s interest in Jadon Sancho.
Ahead of the summer 2020 window, many of the claims felt like they were without much basis, with endless vague claims made by various sources about what was going on behind the scenes.
Much of the media closest to Borussia Dortmund was much calmer, insisting the Bundesliga club’s deadline and €120m asking would not be changed. That didn’t seem to be seriously tested, with BVB later confirming that no offer had arrived from Old Trafford anyway.
Sancho had struggles at the start of the 2020/21 season and received criticism from some in the German media, with suggestions he wasn’t fully focused on his task in Dortmund.
Things changed as 2021 started, and the 22-year-old finished the season with 16 goals and 20 assists in 38 matches. He scored twice in the DFB-Pokal final, as his club beat RB Leipzig 4-2, winning Dortmund’s first major trophy since 2017.