Why Manchester United did not sign Jadon Sancho in summer transfer window

Man Utd identified Jadon Sancho as their priority target in the summer transfer window but did not sign the Borussia Dortmund winger. Manche...

Man Utd identified Jadon Sancho as their priority target in the summer transfer window but did not sign the Borussia Dortmund winger.

Manchester United did not sign Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window over concerns about the overall cost of such a deal in the coronavirus financial climate.

United were prepared to invest a British record fee in order to land Sancho this summer but could not find a suitable compromise with Borussia Dortmund over the possible structure of a deal.

United made it clear to Dortmund at the start of the window that there was a strict limit to their budget in the current economic environment, which has seen both matchday and commercial revenues plummet during the calendar year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it his priority to sign a new right winger but United were adamant they would not overpay even for a player of Sancho's calibre.

Dortmund stuck with their €120million asking price for the England international and were unwilling to accept a lower up-front fee with performance related add-ons. United felt the total transfer package Dortmund were demanding was not realistic given it would've meant United shattering their own club-record fee as well as paying significant player and agent fees.

MEN Sport understands United will keep Sancho on their shortlist ahead of next year but a deal will remain difficult to do given the continued loss of revenue that they will experience in the coming months, with supporters potentially unable to attend matches in the UK until March next year at the earliest.

Despite failing to sign Sancho this summer United did manage to sign two new wingers in 18-year-olds Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo on deadline day.

Pellistri joins United on a five-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year, after the club accelerated plans to sign the South American winger late in the window.

United also agreed a deal to sign Atalanta winger Diallo for a fee rising to £37.2million, with the teenager expected to join the club in the January transfer window.

Both of the teenagers had been extensively tracked and scouted by the club for well over a year and are viewed as first-team additions capable of bolstering the senior squad once they have been given time to adapt.

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