Dortmund open to selling Sancho to United for £100
Borussia Dortmund will put a £100 million price-tag on Jadon Sancho this summer — and try to get Callum Hudson-Odoi if they need to replace him.
Manchester United are keen on Sancho, and German giants Dortmund have a very clear business model of signing players, developing them and then selling for a big profit.
But doing so will lead to them battling Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich to try to sign Sancho’s England team-mate Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea this summer as a ready-made replacement.
Sancho, 18, could make his first competitive start for England in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday night.
He has been a sensation at Dortmund this season after quitting Manchester City’s youth system in pursuit of regular first-team football and United are now watching developments closely with their top brass ready to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market when he is eventually confirmed as full-time manager.
Hudson-Odoi, also 18, has also been drafted into this England senior squad despite not yet making a Premier League start for Chelsea.
He’s got less than 18 months left on his contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal, leaving Chelsea braced for some big-money bids this summer with Red Bull Leipzig also interested.
The Blues – who turned down a £40m bid from Bayern for Hudson-Odoi in January and resisted a transfer request by the player – face a major dilemma because of their impending transfer ban.
Chelsea could lose him for a fraction of his true value in 2020 when his contract eventually runs out and must decide whether to cut their losses and keep him, while also trying to persuade him to be patient regarding playing time with their latest manager Maurizio Sarri looking likely to go this summer.
There could also be Premier League interest in Hudson-Odoi, but Dortmund know they may be able to tempt the teenager to Germany with the promise of more game time. Bayern have no such track record of developing young talent.
Hudson-Odoi and Sancho – who left City for just £9million in summer 2017 – are close friends, and the Chelsea starlet has seen how his England team-mate has developed into a star in Germany.
Bayern are pushing hard and have been courting Hudson-Odoi’s family and entourage to try to tempt him to Munich but now face serious competition — and his England seniors call-up means that is only likely to increase.
Chelsea feel his value is far higher than the £40m they rejected in the winter window, while the German clubs will believe that if they can get hold of him, he will improve with regular Bundesliga action and that soon his valuation will climb even higher.