According to reports, Jadon Sancho has been told by Man Utd that he needs ‘to leave’ this summer and Borussia Dortmund want to re-sign him.
Sancho was a long-term target for United prior to his £73m move from Borussia Dortmund before the 2021/22 campaign.
The winger has been unable to live up to expectations at Old Trafford up to now. He has only managed to grab 12 goals and six assists in his 79 appearances for United across all competitions.
The England international had a spell on the sidelines earlier this season because – according to Erik ten Hag – he suffered a drop off in “fitness and mood”.
“We want to bring him back as quickly as possible, but I can’t give a prognosis of when that will be,” Ten Hag said last December.
“Sometimes there are circumstances with fitness and mood. We got a drop of quality level and sometimes you don’t know why or what is causing it.
“That is what we are doing now to try to get him back there. It is a combination of physical and mental.”
Sancho has only impressed in fits and starts over the past couple of months and he was unable to make a positive impact against Man City in the FA Cup final last weekend.
Earlier this week, a report by TEAMtalk claimed ‘Sancho’s future at Man Utd in doubt and a Champions League side are leading the shock transfer race’.
Dortmund are said to be ‘a genuine contender to re-sign Sancho and are leading the chase’. His future at United is not secure as his recent ‘poor form has been taken into account’.
A separate report from German outlet BILD claims Sancho ‘wants to return to Dortmund’ and ‘Manchester United are said to have already informed him that he will have to leave the club in the summer’.
Sancho is looking to ‘flee as soon as possible’ and Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl ‘is always in contact with his advisors from the Project Elite Group’.
There is not understood to be a ‘buy-back clause’ in his contract and with him valued at 55m euros, ‘only a loan would be conceivable’ for the Bundesliga outfit.
The Telegraph’s James Ducker has meanwhile indicated that Sancho is on “borrowed time” at Man Utd.
“The 18-year-old Argentine represents United’s future. Sancho, on this evidence, does not,” Ducker wrote for The Telegraph.
“At 23, Sancho is no longer a promising teenager. Those days have gone and, for £73m, he has to be delivering so much more,” added Ducker.
“He is on borrowed time and if someone comes in with a palatable offer this summer – even if it is hard to see who and would involve taking a hefty hit – you have to wonder if Ten Hag will be tempted to take the money and run.”