Its been well over 48 hours since Borussia Dortmund’s ultimatum for the transfer of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United has elapsed without both clubs finding a common agreement.
The Red Devils had made the England international winger a top priority signing in this transfer window; the reported £110m would have broken the British transfer record.
However, with United failing to meet the 10th August deadline, does it mean any potential transfer is dead and buried? Not necessarily, as the most likely route to be adopted by both United and Sancho’s camp to make it happen wouldn’t be the prettiest, the player has to force through the move!
It wouldn’t be the first time in recent memory a Dortmund player would pull that type of stunt on the club, both Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang repeatedly missed training to engineer transfers to Barcelona and Arsenal respectively in the past.
Armed with the experience of those previous ugly incidents, Dortmund wouldn’t want a future repeat occurrence and they could be ready to return to the table for another round of negotiations.
BVB appear to have been adequately prepared for the post Sancho era, completing the signing of teenager Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City for a fee which could rise above £30m, added to an array of talented youngsters currently within their ranks.
However, if a potential second round of negotiation fails to prove fruitful, what possible back-up options can Manchester United fallback on?
There is talk of United’s scouts beaming their searchlight on BVB’s chief rivals, Bayern Munich with the hope of convincing the Bavarian chiefs of allowing winger Kingsley Coman leave on a season-long loan deal.
It’s unsurprising that the French winger could be offered a possible escape route following Bayern’s summer signing of Leroy Sane and an increased competition for places and reduced game-time could mean Coman might be open to proving himself elsewhere ahead of next year’s UEFA European Championship.
Another alternative signing is Dembele, the French World Cup winning winger who has endured a torrid time at Barcelona, no thanks to injures and question marks regarding his life off the pitch. It remains to be seen if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be open to bringing on board an individual with so much talent yet an equal measure of baggage.
The coming days will be quite an interesting one for the Red Devils as they aim to reduce the average squad age, increase the squad depth and competition in attack.
However, one thing is certain, if Manchester United fails to sign Sancho in this transfer window, they could buy themselves sometime, get a short-term fix elsewhere in form of a loan acquisition and return with an acceptable bid for both parties for a player who is highly-rated by the club’s hierarchy, a deal which certainly will leave city rivals Manchester City red-faced!