KEY POINTS

  • Dortmund are expected to demand $145 million for Jadon Sancho
  • Man Utd have identified Federico Bernardeschi as a cheaper alternative to Sancho
  • Sancho has scored 20 goals in 40 matches this season

Manchester United reportedly have identified Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi as a cheaper alternative for Jadon Sancho.

Man Utd are being forced to look at other options because it has been revealed that Sancho’s current club, Dortmund, are set to demand at least $145 million for the Englishman, as reported by Telegraph UK. On the other hand, it is understood that Juventus could sell Bernardeschi, who has scored just one goal this season in 24 games for the Serie A side, for $37 million.

Dortmund have labeled Sancho at a higher price even though the German side is losing patience with the player, who according to them is "not easy" to deal with.

Sancho found himself in the middle of a controversy when he reacted angrily to being fined by the German League (DFL) for breaking lockdown rules by getting a haircut. The talented midfielder was slammed with a fine of $10,000 for inviting a hairdresser to his home. 

When Sancho described the DFL's decision an "absolute joke", his Dortmund teammate Emre Can right away asked him to "grow up". Keeping the controversies aside, Sancho has had a brilliant season, having scored 20 goals in as many as 40 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions. His off-field scenes cannot overshadow his run with the ball that has seen the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea chasing him ahead of the summer transfer window.

Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has admitted in a recent interview that Sancho’s off-field silliness is becoming a distraction for the club.

“Jadon is not only an exceptional footballer who is noticeable on the pitch but now and then also outside of the pitch. Sometimes it’s not easy for us,” said Zorc.

Earlier, Sancho was fined and left out of the squad for one of Dortmund's matches after he returned late from international duty with England. Sancho was benched for a Champions League game against Barcelona because he had missed a team meeting.

Despite these issues, Dortmund are not willing to let go of the talented 20-year-old easily. If a club is interested in signing the England national, it will have to meet the player’s transfer fee of $145 million, which is a lot considering the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has created a major financial impact and the soccer sector has been hit as well.