Transfer Twist: Man Utd Ups Asking Price for Star Player Linked to Erik ten Hag’s Fate


Manchester United could potentially increase their asking price for Jadon Sancho to around £60 million following his impressive recent form on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

Transfer news expert Ben Jacobs, in an exclusive conversation with CaughtOffside for his Daily Briefing column, suggests that Sancho’s future is becoming an intriguing saga to monitor.

According to Jacobs, there are various factors at play in this deal. Sancho reportedly prefers to stay at Dortmund, while Manchester United might explore interest from clubs in the Saudi Pro League to maximize their profits from his sale.

Initially seeking around £50 million for the England international, Jacobs suggests that United could now raise their valuation, although it remains uncertain if Dortmund can afford such a price tag.

Sancho has thrived at Dortmund previously and appears to be enjoying his football there once again during his loan spell, making staying there a logical choice for him personally.

However, Jacobs doesn’t rule out the possibility of Sancho returning to Old Trafford, particularly if Erik ten Hag were to depart from his role as manager.

“Manchester United want at least £50m for Sancho. This was the number they quoted to Saudi clubs last summer prior to Sir Jim Ratcliffe taking over sporting control,” Jacobs said.

“That proposed fee may have even risen closer to £60m given Sancho is now playing regularly and there may be other clubs circling this summer.

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“Sancho doesn’t want to go to Saudi but that’s unlikely to stop dealmakers trying again, and this may give Manchester United a bit of leverage.

“Al-Ettifaq made a loan enquiry last summer, and Al-Shabab and Al-Ahli will consider an approach if they get encouragement from the player side. But Sancho has to date dismissed Saudi approaches. He ideally wants to stay at Dortmund.

“Dortmund are hoping for a bargain deal, which feels a bit hopeful. Their starting point is only around £30m, and that’s not going to be accepted.

“There are a lot of moving parts. It’s probably fair to say if Erik ten Hag stays, Sancho will almost certainly be sold – at least unless he apologises to the Manchester United boss. But if Ten Hag was to leave this summer, Sancho would consider a return. He has no issue with Manchester United as a club, but the feeling for many months is that there is no way forward for him at Old Trafford under Ten Hag.”

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