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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has claimed that Manchester United’s offer of more than £ 100 million for Jadon Sancho “never really existed”.
Reports over the summer suggested United was frustrated by the German team’s refusal to give up on its € 120 million (£ 108 million) asking price and eventually turned their attention elsewhere after offering to break. the £ 100 million barrier, but they were still told no.
But Watzke, speaking to the German newspaper Kicker (broken down by Sports witness) says United’s bid was not as high as claimed. He also suggested that the two clubs disagreed on the payment terms, as United preferred to pay the fee over a period of years.
“The supposed transfer fee that is often mentioned in the media never really existed,” he said. “And if at any point you get a signal that much of the amount offered will only be paid in a few years, finally a pure theoretical discussion.”
Sancho’s form declined after the deal fell through, but he scored his first league goal of the season in a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday. It’s been a tough season for Dortmund, who sacked coach Lucien Favre last month, and Watzke admits the situation has taken its toll on the player.
However, a return to form is welcome and Watzke is hoping to rediscover his magic in the second half of the season.
Jadon might have been unconsciously prepared for a change. I think at least he’d thought about it so much that he lost his cool, but I’ve found him trying so hard for weeks, “he continued.
“The biggest difference is: he used to not think about his next ball action. Now think about it. And the tenth of a second that fails is often exactly the one in which the opponent is already standing. The more you try as a creative person, the more difficult it often gets.
“I think it needs two or three hits in a row, then things will get better again quickly. He’s still one of the greatest talents out there. “