Borussia Dortmund technical director Michael Zorc has confirmed Manchester United wanted to enter talks over the signing of Jadon Sancho this summer – but the German club refused.
Sancho has been linked with a return to England since leaving Manchester City for Dortmund in the summer of 2017 after becoming a key player for the Bundesliga club.
Were Man Utd close to signing Sancho this summer? Five things to know…
- Sancho has been one of Dortmund’s standout players since the beginning of last season.
- Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently confirmed a “super club” made an approach in the summer.
- And Zorc has now revealed Manchester United asked for talks but were turned away.
- Arsene Wenger has also suggested Arsenal wanted to sign Sancho before he joined Dortmund from Manchester City.
- The teenager has scored five goals in nine appearances for club and country so far this season.
The 19-year-old has become a regular for Dortmund and England over the last 12 months, recently scoring his first goals for the Three Lions in a 5-3 victory over Kosovo.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has already revealed a “super club” made an approach for Sancho in the summer but his suitors were told the winger was not for sale.
And now, the club’s technical director Zorc has hinted Watzke was talking about Manchester United.
Before Dortmund’s Champions League opener against Barcelona on Tuesday night, Zorc was asked how close they were to losing Sancho to United this summer.
“Not close at all,” Zorc replied. “We didn’t talk to them. They were asking us for a meeting.
Dortmund and Barcelona went on to play out a goalless draw at Signal Iduna Park.
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How did Sancho get on against Barcelona?
Sancho endured a mixed night against Barcelona in a game Dortmund had been expected to potentially win.
The teenager attempted 12 take-ons, at least six more than any other player on the pitch, but only completed five of them – still, that was a match-high.
He also made eight ball recoveries, with only Arthur and Frenkie de Jong making more (9).
And of course, Sancho was fouled for the penalty that Marco Reus missed. Only Arthur won as many fouls as Sancho on the night (3).