Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho has been included in Borussia Dortmund’s pre-season training squad.
The English winger – who is valued by his club at £108m – has travelled with the Dortmund squad for their pre-season training camp in the Swiss spa town of Bad Ragaz.
Former Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham has also been included in the group.
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Dortmund have previously indicated they want a deal completed by the time they headed out for that camp to give them sufficient time to purchase a replacement.
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United are looking at alternatives, notably Kingsley Coman on loan from Bayern Munich, but their chances of convincing Sancho to come to Old Trafford will have been enhanced by them qualifying for the Champions League.
However, they also see the German club’s €120m (£108m) valuation for the player under the current coronavirus conditions as “unrealistic” for a player who Dortmund themselves signed for £7.2m three years ago.
Sancho worth up to £162m?
The Football Observatory values Sancho at £162m, using a methodology that factors his contract status, age, international level and many more metrics. Meanwhile, transfermarkt.co.uk proposes a £105m price tag, using their own valuation algorithm.
The club are also unwilling to break their wage structure for the 20-year-old following the unsuccessful transfer of Alexis Sanchez and as it stands no fee or personal terms have been agreed.
United have completed big-money moves for Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes in the last two transfer windows but feel the environment for deals has shifted since the coronavirus pandemic – with fees reflecting the tough financial conditions.
The Sancho deal was one of the topics of debate on the latest edition of the Transfer Talk podcast, where ESPN football expert Gabriele Marcotti joined Sky Sports News duo Pete Graves and Dharmesh Sheth to discuss the latest major developments from the summer window.
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