Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho believed he was set to leave the club in the close-season break.
And the England international was so sure a move to Manchester United would be completed that he said his goodbyes to Dortmund staff.
Dortmund’s 2019/20 campaign ended sooner than United’s will as their Bundesliga season concluded way back on June 27.
They were knocked out of the Champions League way back in March before the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to the football calendar, meaning Sancho has been on his holidays for over a month.
During that time, United have been trying to sign the £108m-rated winger, who remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No.1 target.
Sancho finished as Dortmund’s top scorer in all competitions with 20 goals and in the Bundesliga with 17, while he also made the second-most appearances out of any player in their squad, featuring 44 times in all.
The 20-year-old has subsequently been waiting to see if United and Dortmund reach an agreement over a fee, with ex-Manchester City youth Sancho prepared to make the move to Old Trafford.
And The Independent say he had previously been so confident he would go before Dortmund’s return to training that he bid farewell to Dortmund staff.
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Fast forward to today, though, and Sancho has ultimately returned for Dortmund’s pre-season training camp, greeting the staff he said goodbye to.
He was spotted partying in the UK over the weekend, which Dortmund insisted they did not have a problem with and said Sancho broke no club rules.
The German outfit made clear they were putting a deadline on Sancho’s future, telling United they needed to pay up by the time Lucien Favre’s side began work for the new season.
Still no agreement between the two clubs has been reached, although the Red Devils have not given up in their pursuit.
Sancho is now in Switzerland with the Dortmund squad, and it is felt he may need to push for a switch to make the transfer happen now.
No transfer request has been made as yet by Sancho, while United’s focus tonight turns back to the Europa League as Solskjaer’s side take on Copenhagen in their quarter-final tie in Germany (8pm).