Jadon Sancho may stay at Borussia Dortmund, Willian ready for Arsenal, Manchester City close in on Nathan Ake and Cristiano Ronaldo fancies Paris Saint-Germain.
The Athletic – and every other media organization in Britain, it seems – is reporting that the proposed move for Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United is in the balance. The 20-year-old England international has not yet agreed on terms with his potential new club, and Dortmund is asking for the full 120 million euros in a single payment.
Given every single newspaper has this story, all at the same time, it’s a reasonable assumption that they have been briefed by United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. This is a transparent attempt at playing hardball, and unfortunately, with this kind of briefing, there is no way to tell if there is truth in it or not. Woodward may simply be trying to up the pressure to exact concessions on the fee.