Manchester United have been put on red alert by transfer target Jadon Sancho, as reports claim he has told Borussia Dortmund that he wants to return to the Premier League in 2021. United spent the entire summer trying to prise Sancho away from the Signal Iduna Park.
Sancho could finally be on his way back to the Premier League – four years after leaving for the Bundesliga.
The teenager, who came through the academy at Manchester City before swapping the Etihad for Dortmund, was the top target for United throughout the past window.
United were told to fork out £108million for the young winger, but refused to meet the asking price.
Instead, he stayed put in Germany but has struggled to meet the heights of last season in the opening few months of the campaign.
Sancho has faced criticism in Germany for his performances for Dortmund, having failed to find the net in his first six Bundesliga games of the season.
Some critics have claimed he is in ‘farewell form’, and is sulking as a result of his move being blocked in the summer.
Despite the constant speculation surrounding him, Sancho refused to push for a move this summer and appeared to be committed to Dortmund.
However, after a disappointing start to the season the rumour mill has begun churning again, with reports claiming Sancho has told the club he wants a move in 2021.
Todofichajes claim he has informed Dortmund that he wants this to be his final year at the club before leaving next summer.
United are expected to launch a fresh bid to sign him during the January transfer window, with the idea of having an agreement in place for next summer.
Dortmund have a history of allowing that type of deal to happen, having made a similar agreement with Chelsea in 2018.
During the January transfer window, they agreed a deal with the Blues to sell them Christian Pulisic, but under the condition that he remained at the club until the end of the Bundesliga season.
United’s position in the negotiations will be strengthened by Sancho telling Dortmund he plans to return to the Premier League.
He is apparently still happy to see out the rest of the campaign, and won’t push to leave immediately in January.
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke recently conceded that Sancho will leave before too long, but declared he wants to keep the wonderkid for as long as possible.
He said: He said: “We could have made a big, valuable transfer in the summer, that’s well known.
“But we’re glad it didn’t come to this.
“Of course, we will also implement transfers again in the future, because Covid is clearly throwing us back.
“Even the biggest clubs are feeling the effects of the pandemic, be it Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“At some point you come to the limit of what you can answer for. You can even see that in Munich right now with David Alaba as an example.”