KEY POINTS

  • Dortmund now realizes Jadon Sancho exit is for real
  • Manchester United holds high chance of getting 20-year-old winger
  • The Red Devils are ready in case Sancho deal won't push through

Borussia Dortmund seemed confident that Jadon Sancho would be staying at Signal Iduna Park just last week. The team's head of licensing player department Sebastian Kiel pointed out how the 20-year-old had two more years left in his current deal and that it would take an enormous amount of money to pry Sancho away from Dortmund. However, he cautioned that this is what they want to think.

Manchester United has been strongly linked to the English winger, but they would need to shell out roughly $144 million to get Sancho to Old Trafford. With most teams suffering financial distress, critics feel that this is one deal that may not get done this summer. But then again, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly has the backing of management to pull off sensible deals. They have slowed down the pursuit of several players -- something that is considered as saving up for a big splash this summer.

And based on the latest reports, it appears that Dortmund is starting to backpedal. They are aware that the interest in Sancho is real, and there is a chance he may be leaving them after the current season. Director of football Michael Zorc revealed that they are concerned but would rather not talk about the situation for now.

"I can't and don't want to go too far out of the window with forecasts because the situation is changing daily," Zorc said to Sport 1. "We will see what happens. We have a long-term contract with Jadon Sancho. This will not change now. We are totally relaxed about it.”

Sancho has shown no indication of wanting to leave and prefers to focus on playing soccer. The Red Devils have several players linked to them, including a potential alternative if plans to acquire the 20-year-old bog down.

Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen has been mentioned as an alternative, the same player they pursued two years ago. But a cause for concern here is that the Jamaican has endured injuries already. A medical could help in their assessment in the event Sancho is beyond reach. The Company's Eleven is seeking $50 million in exchange for Bailey.