Jadon Sancho could be allowed to leave Manchester United on a “long-term” loan deal in January with a route back into the first team set up under Erik ten Hag highly unlikely, 90min understands.
Sancho is currently out of the first-team squad after publicly falling out with manager Erik ten Hag, which escalated at the start of September when the 23-year-old was left out of the traveling squad to face Arsenal.
Ten Hag revealed that Sancho’s performance in training compared to his team-mates was the reason for his release, but the player then publicly contested this reasoning on social media. Ten Hag and United promptly disciplined the player and he has been training away from the first team ever since, with no sign of a break-up to date.
Sancho has been told that his only way back into the reckoning at Old Trafford would be to apologize to Ten Hag. 90min revealed last month that Sancho has been urged to do so by the club’s hierarchy, coaches and team-mates, although he has so far refused and there are no signs of a change of heart.
United are now accepting that Sancho will have to leave the club in January. There have been suggestions that future co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe could influence Sancho’s future, but 90min have been told that the INEOS boss is a big fan of Ten Hag, going back to his previous work at Ajax, and will not interfere with any team. decisions.
Erik ten Hag has taken a tough stance on Jadon Sancho / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages
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Several clubs are already looking into Sancho’s position, but 90min understands that a return to former club Borussia Dortmund is the preferred option for him. Dortmund are interested but a lot will depend on a potential deal.
Dortmund would likely need to make room in their squad in January to accommodate Sancho, but they are assessing the situation. And 90min understands that one of the options being considered is an 18-month loan agreement with recall on both sides available at each window.
However, United, who would prefer a permanent sale, are open to the idea of a long-term loan recouping most of their initial outlay on Sancho, an unlikely scenario at present given how his time at the club has gone.
The club are hopeful that a long-term loan would help Sancho regain his form and thus restore his potential value. His current contract runs until 2026 with an option for a second year, so United realize it is in their best interests to see the England winger back playing – and playing well at it.
Other clubs in Germany are also interested, while Sancho’s camp are evaluating other options in both Italy and Spain. 90min understands there is also interest within the Premier League, with West Ham monitoring the situation. However, a contract with another English club is considered much more difficult.
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