On transfer deadline day, and for many days and weeks before that, it was hard to avoid one dominant story.Jadon Sancho was linked with a move to Manchester United for, well, most of 2020. And yet, as the deadline passed, the England forward remained very much a Borussia Dortmund player.
United’s emphasis was supposed to be on proven players in the mould of Bruno Fernandes this summer and they have ended the window without occupying their priority position with a recognisable name,” Samuel Luckhurst wrote for the Manchester Evening News .In Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, United have added two players capable of providing a longer-term solution to their right-sided question, but neither look to be the answer right now.So, what does this mean for United’s future pursuit of Sancho, if they do – as anticipated – return for the Englishman in a future window? And, on top of this, how does the news impact Chelsea.
The Athletic also notes that United looked at another target earlier in the year, only to be put off by a €100m price tag. That man, Kai Havertz, showed in his move to Chelsea that there was some room for negotiation in the market – just not in the case of Sancho.While United seem certain to return in 2021, hopeful that Sancho’s price will be driven down by the fact that he’s a little closer to the expiry of his contract, they won’t be alone in the chase.Liverpool have been mentioned as contenders for the Dortmund man’s signing, and a further financial hit to the German club may tempt Jurgen Klopp’s side back into the market, but Chelsea will surely fancy their chances as well.Sancho has friends at Stamford Bridge – not least Callum Hudson-Odoi, who came through the England youth ranks with his contemporary when Sancho was still on the books of Manchester City and revealed earlier this year that the pair talk “every other day
While relationships like this might make the Blues believe they have the upper hand, and Hudson-Odoi isn’t the only England colleague with whom the Dortmund man is close, some will still ask whether they need to add him to a squad which has more noticeable gaps elsewhere in the squad.
Havertz has been just one of the big new additions this summer, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner also bolstering the front-line with their arrivals, while Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic are among the others ensuring few teams can compete with the Blues going forward.
However, if a player as influential and talented as Sancho, it can be fair to conclude you can’t afford not to bring him in.
Regardless, United’s hesitance to pull the trigger on a deal for Sancho this summer has certainly pushed the door back open for a number of parties in 2021. Chelsea have plenty of time to weigh up the pros and cons and decide if they want to dive back in