Jadon Sancho (Photo: Casino Connection)
We might be in the middle of a pandemic, but it's still business as usual for everybody involved with Manchester United, and the latest reports revolve around our potential acquisition of Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho in this summer's transfer market.
According to The Sun, the hierarchy of our club believes they have the 20-year-old from London in the bag and are "convinced they have won." And with the reports saying what they are, why shouldn't they be that confident?
Reportedly, Sancho not only agreed to a deal with the Red Devils, but he agreed to the vast majority of the details that were included in the contract -- even down to the "small print," The Sun says.
If everything becomes official, this would obviously be a great pickup for Man United, but the Red Devils aren't the only ones interested in his services. Chelsea is also reportedly interested, and another thing that could happen is Dortmund giving him a big deal. Knowing their history of selling, however, that might not happen with what Sancho could make if he leaves elsewhere.
Now, some of the reporting from The Sun has been questionable in the past, but they pressed in their report that they're aware of "the length of Sancho's contract, his salary, bonuses and a huge buyout clause have been sorted out over months of secret talks."
If the reports are true, it appears that all Manchester United needs to do now is finalize a deal with Dortmund, and it looks like that it will be a record fee. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we know we'll have the money to make this happen, unlike other clubs where the coronavirus has knocked down their financial stability. Yeah, United is losing millions per week with no football being played, but we're still Manchester United with a load of cash in reserve -- we're the same club who earned 711.5 million euros last season alone.
Money won't be the issue at all here.
And that's a good thing, because The Sun is also reporting that Borussia Dortmund are looking for more than the 89 million euros that we would pay to return Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016 -- and I'm hearing that it could be 130 million. According to Transfermarkt, Sancho's current value is listed at 117 million.
With all of that being said, we're still here in April, and nothing can be done until the summer transfer market, which I have to question: Will we have one?
As The Powell Times reported yesterday, UEFA wants to extend domestic league play to late August, when the summer transfer market is supposed to end, and if leagues end up cancelling their seasons, they could be forced to miss the Champions League or Europa League -- depending on what clubs qualify for what.
I mean, yeah, I guess we could have the transfer window still open while the season was still going on, but it would be a bit strange with the campaign approaching an end. It wouldn't be like January, where it's scheduled right in the middle of the season. But hey, I guess we could make it happen, but that's a question that I can't help but to let linger.
Back to Sancho though.
In The Sun's defense, it's not just them reporting this bit of news. Not only are other outlets in England reporting this either, but so is the press in Germany.
However, some of the German media is also reporting that Sancho could become a top earner with BVB if he does decide to stay, which could possibly happen. They've done this before in the past, but like I've already mentioned, their business model is mainly from the standpoint of selling players. They have a "sell, sell, sell" history, and with the amount of money they could make off of Sancho and how much Sancho could make in wages, I see this deal going through and the 20-year-old becoming a Devil.
Another thing about this entire situation that helps us with this possible acquisition as well is the fact that Sancho wants to become a member of Manchester United, which we could potentially use as leverage to give us a great deal where we won't have to overspend.
Yeah, we may have overspent for Harry Maguire, but we got Bruno Fernandes for considerably cheap, so we know we have the capability to get some good deals. With Sancho actually wanting to come to Man United, that plays in our favor on a huge scale, enough to where we can both get Sancho and save some cash.
Now obviously, everything that we're hearing at the current moment is just reports through the media, with nothing official as of yet -- especially considering these talks are apparently "secret."
But man, we all know how great of a pick up this would be.
In 23 matches this season in the Bundesliga, Sancho has racked up a potent 14 goals and 16 assists, and his statistics also include two goals and two assists in eight matches in the Champions League. He would also tally a goal in the DFL Supercup. And it's not just the numbers that are glamorizing, but he also has a history that's injury-free, which is great in itself.
Putting this talent along the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would be a nice look for the eyes, and if Paul Pogba stays, which I see happening, this gives us a pretty solid team heading into the 2020-21 season. And don't forget the quality of Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Daniel James either.
Now I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, obviously nothing is official as of yet, but it's looking like Manchester United are the frontrunners to land Jadon Sancho and the deal has a great chance of happening. After all, the only thing that needs to be figured out is the transfer fee -- Sancho and Man United have already made a deal where they've agreed on almost everything.
Yeah, anything can happen, and things can change. We're still a good distance from the transfer window, but things are looking fabulous right now for this move to happen with us having all of the leverage.
Even though we haven't had any football in weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're still technically in the middle of the season, and right now, we're listed in the fifth position on the English Premier League table. If we land Sancho, this could launch us to the top three next season (and in the top four this season), and even see us competing with Manchester City for the second spot in 2020-21. With Liverpool, they seem to be a bit too strong to compete with at the moment, but with the incoming talent and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's leadership, it's quite possible that it could happen.
I mean, after all, we are Manchester United.
But like I said, I don't want to get too ahead of myself on this one. For my sake, and Manchester United's.
All I'm saying is: Just imagine the potential. The Red Devils fan base, and myself as a shareholder, have been disappointed with the quality of product that the club has given us. For some, it's been quite awhile. For me, it's been since I've invested into the club which was back on December 2018, but it didn't take me long to feel other's frustration.
But we're now in a position to put ourselves back as a "great club" that contends in the Champions League, we now have the opportunity to get out of the Europa League status -- and with our prestige, we shouldn't even be there. But we are, but we now have the possibility to get us out of that and back into the glory. And not only do we have the position, the opportunity, the possibility, but we also have the leverage to make this happen.
Everything is falling in line for a Jadon Sancho signing, and we need to take advantage.
Let's lock this thing up, and let's return to Glory, Glory Man United.