Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has reaffirmed the club will not stand in Jadon Sancho’s way if he wishes to leave, but they’ll only accept a transfer for the right fee.
Former Watford and Manchester City academy player Sancho, 20, has been linked with a host of Europe’s top outfits since surging to success in Germany.
Watzke has indicated in the past that Sancho won’t be forced to stay at the Westfalenstadion, but he told Bild his suitors need not think “they can get a bargain” even amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus:
“You always have to respect what the player wants. We already said before corona that our preference is for Jadon to remain with us.
“I can say clearly that even the very rich clubs, despite the current existential crisis, shouldn't think they can get a bargain from us. We don't have to sell anyone below their value.”
Football in all major leagues has been suspended until further notice due to the pandemic. Teams are in doubt as to when—or if—the 2019-20 campaign will be concluded, meaning this year’s summer transfer window is also likely to be affected by the delays.
Ken Lawrence of the Irish Independent wrote Sancho—who could cost in excess of $144 million (€130 million)—has become close friends with Manchester United frontman Marcus Rashford, who recently wished his England team-mate happy birthday while in quarantine:
The report also said Rashford has told boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Sancho is “decent, dependable and very much likes the idea of what the manager has been putting together.”
Statman Dave pointed to the pair as two of England’s most prolific young players this season:
United are among the teams most closely linked with Dortmund star Sancho, though the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool are also believed to be admirers.
Watzke’s words cement the idea that Sancho can move this summer provided he agrees terms with the right buyer, though affording his signature will be no small feat in itself.