Paul Merson explains why Man Utd should abandon Jadon Sancho transfer

Paul Merson has urged Manchester United to give up on signing Jadon Sancho this summer as Borussia Dortmund’s £100million asking price for the winger has been ‘blown out of the water’ by the coronavirus crisis.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Sancho as his number one attacking target and the 20-year-old is ‘very open’ to the idea of joining United as he wants to be close to his friends and family in England.

Earlier this week, United midfielder Juan Mata reserved special praise for Sancho and Marcus Rashford also talked up a move for his England team-mate at the start of the month.

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However, the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has caused uncertainty across all of football when it comes to contracts and potential deals and former Arsenal midfielder Merson cannot see Sancho leaving Dortmund anytime soon.

‘All the talk about Jadon Sancho commanding a £100m-plus transfer fee has been blown out of the water if you ask me,’ Merson told The Daily Star.

‘Borussia Dortmund are said to be demanding in excess of that figure for one of Europe’s hottest young talents, but they can forget it.

‘There’s no way that’s going to be happening. It’s gone – over and out.

‘Top clubs can’t be putting staff on furlough and then start forking out that kind of money the minute the transfer window opens.

‘The landscape has changed not just for everyone on the planet but for football as well.

‘Really big-money moves may be off the table for quite some time.’ 

Amid the intense speculation surrounding Sancho’s future, Marco Reus urged his team-mate to reject a big-money move and stay on at Dortmund.

The Dortmund captain told Sport Bild: ‘Jadon is an outstanding player and will definitely remain in demand by many clubs. That is a fact.

‘He’s now playing at an even higher level than last year and would be extremely valuable in achieving our goals.

‘I would advise him to stay at BVB for another year, maybe two. From my point of view, there is no better place for him at the moment.

‘Afterwards, he can take the really big step as an even more complete player, having developed further in peace here as a regular starter.

‘He would have to find his place at a new club, which isn’t always easy for a 20-year-old.

‘Just how interesting do you think Jadon will be for the biggest clubs if he spends one, two or three years more here to develop further?’

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