Date published: Wednesday 1st July 2020 6:05
Gary Neville has warned Manchester United not to try and ‘bully’ Borussia Dortmund over Jadon Sancho after reports emerged of a £50m ceiling on their interest.
Sky Sports claimed on Tuesday that United were only prepared to pay £50m for the England winger, which is less than half Dortmund’s valuation.
They claimed that ‘United remain the strong favourites to agree a deal but officials behind the scenes at Old Trafford believe Dortmund’s valuation does not sufficiently reflect the costly fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and must be cut substantially if a deal is to be reached.’
Neville watched Manchester United beat Brighton 3-0 on Tuesday night and said in commentary: “I think you’ll have to pay a little bit more than that Ole.
“I think that’s the problem, some clubs will believe other clubs will get desperate and sell players on the cheap.
“But I’m not sure you can bully clubs like Bor“If Jadon comes up to us and says he absolutely wants to leave – which has not been the case so far – and a club wants to pay what we want, then we will discuss it,”ussia Dortmund.”
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reiterated this week that they will stand firm on their £100m-plus Sancho valuation, saying: “If Jadon comes up to us and says he absolutely wants to leave – which has not been the case so far – and a club wants to pay what we want, then we will discuss it.
“I don’t think a club will pay the sum. There is also no coronavirus discount on him.
“We have left the period where we had to sell players. I don’t think there will be a summer transfer.
“We have a more unusual situation next year than usual. With the exception of Achraf Hakimi, the team will stay together. That helps with development.”