Jadon Sancho wanted to join Manchester United last summer (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Dortmund have revealed they had an agreement to let Jadon Sancho leave the club last summer but the conditions to do so were not met by Manchester United.
The England international was keen on moving to Old Trafford last summer but United failed to meet Dortmund’s £108m asking price for the former Manchester City winger.
United left it until the final day of the transfer window in the hope of signing Sancho but they moved on to Atalanta winger Amad Diallo once it became clear that Dortmund would not sell.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains a huge admirer of Sancho and Dortmund have reportedly lowered their asking price for the winger to around £78m, given they are struggling to qualify for the Champions League.
United were prepared to pay that much last summer so, should they see off competition from Chelsea, they could theoretically bag Sancho at the end of the season.
Solskjaer remains keen on signing Sancho (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
But the Red Devils have lacked a natural right winger this term and Solskjaer will rue the fact he was unable to sign Sancho last summer given how close his side have come to Manchester City this term, with only a couple of results between the sides.
And Dortmund Director of Football Michael Zorc has revealed the club was prepared to let Sancho go last summer.
‘We already had a gentleman’s agreement with Jadon [Sancho] last year that he can switch under certain conditions,’ said Zorc.
United hope to convince Edinson Cavani to stay at the club for a further 12 months, which would allow Solskjaer to spend his budget on other areas of the squad.
Solskjaer is keen to sign Sancho, as well as a central defender.
Much could depend on the future of Paul Pogba, who is entering the final year of his deal.
Should he opt to sign a new deal, Solskjaer could focus his efforts on signing Sancho and a central defender.