Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has appeared to confirm the club turned down a “big, valuable” offer from Manchester United for Jadon Sancho, while admitting the coronavirus pandemic may force them into selling in the near future.
United’s long-winded pursuit of Sancho dominated the summer transfer window, with Dortmund refusing to budge on their £108million asking price.
As a result, the Red Devils turned their attention to late deals for Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore - although the latter won’t join them until January.
Reports suggest they could come back in for Sancho, who was previously on the books of arch-rivals Manchester City, when the summer market reopens next year.
And Watzke has hinted that the effects of the coronavirus crisis could force Dortmund’s hand at some point next year.
“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,” he said.
“Of course, we will also implement transfers again in the future, because Corona 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.”
Watzke also opened the door for United to come back in for Sancho last month, admitting that no player is “completely unsellable”.
“They (United) misjudged the situation and thought we would be more willing to compromise. We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.
“In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable. I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he's here.
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“We had an agreement with him and it didn't look like that.”
Sancho has registered two goals and four assists in eight appearances for Dortmund this season, although he is yet to find the back of the net in Bundesliga.