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Who will Jadon Sancho play for next?

05/06/24 14:46

According to ESPN, Jadon Sancho is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer, even if Erik Ten Hag doesn’t continue as United boss.

The England international has had a nightmare of a stint at the Theatre of Dreams, but it looks as if it’s finally coming to a close.

Since signing from Dortmund in 2021, the winger has managed 12 goals and 6 assists in all competitions. The numbers alone are a far cry from his time at BVB.

What went wrong for Sancho at Manchester United?

Sancho was never able to show his true ability in a United shirt after signing on a €85 million deal. The winger struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League, and faced issues with his physical fitness and mental health across his spell at Old Trafford.

Although he initially showed promise under Erik Ten Hag, bagging against Liverpool early on in the 22/23 season, he then suddenly disappeared from the United side for three months.

After rumours about punctuality and attitude issues appeared, Sancho was sent to the Netherlands to work on his physical and mental ‘issues’, while his teammates enjoyed a sunny training camp in spain.

His relationship with Ten Hag would only worsen in the next campaign, when the Dutchman cited Sancho’s lack of appearances to poor performances in training. Sancho took to social media to call out Ten Hag, stating that he was lying and insisted his conduct in training was great.

That was the end for Sancho at Manchester United. After refusing to apologise to Ten Hag, Sancho was shipped out on loan to former club Dortmund in January 2024.

How did Sancho perform on loan at Dortmund?

Sancho was back in Germany, and all of a sudden we saw once more why he was once so highly regarded as a prospect.

Sancho’s smile and confidence returned, he interacted with fans positively on Social Media and Borussia Dortmund gave him all due credit. Although his output was still not on the level it was in 2019, he was having a long overdue impact on the pitch.

He has lapped up compliments from fans and pundits since his return, and was a key player in Dortmund’s run to the Champions League final.

Despite his great form, Ten Hag made it clear that performances was not his issue with the player, and it doesn’t seem that his mind has changed on the idea of Sancho having a future at Manchester United.

What next for Sancho?

Heading back to Manchester now that his loan in Germany has concluded, Sancho will have questions over his future.

It’s clear both Dortmund’s fans and hierarchy would love to have Sancho back on a permanent basis. That being said, Dortmund chief Kehl stated in an interview with TNT:

"I don’t know yet, to be honest, because it was great to have him for the last six months.

"The situation is pretty clear, he still has a contract at Man United, we have no buy option meaning we need to discuss and negotiate.”

It appears Dortmund would be keen on the move, but are hesitant to meet United’s £50 million valuation for the winger. TalkSport claim that Dortmund would instead prefer to keep Sancho on loan for a further season, before any permanent talks are held.

United are likely to want to cash in on Sancho, so it seems his homecoming at Dortmund may be cut short.

Juventus were interested in the player previously, but also were hoping for a loan deal. There is still a long period before next season, and with Sancho all but confirmed to have missed out on the EUROs with England, he’ll have time on his hands to find a permanent club.

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