Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has told Manchester United they “misjudged” their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
The Dortmund chief insists there was a “clear line” on what it would take to prise Sancho from Westfalenstadion – but the Red Devils did not meet the requirements.
Sancho reportedly agreed to personal terms with United, but Dortmund’s £109million price tag for the England international proved a stumbling block.
The Bundesliga club also set an August deadline for any bid for Sancho to be tabled, but United continued to pursue a cut-price deal for the 20-year-old right up to the transfer deadline.
Watzke believes the Red Devils were misguided in their strategy, but he refused to rule out a departure for Sancho in the future.
“[They] misjudged the situation. We would be more willing to compromise,” he told ZDF Sports. “We had a clear line and will continue to do so next summer.
“In this industry, you can never say that a player is completely unsellable.”
Watzke also reaffirmed his faith in Sancho’s contract with Dortmund – which has three years remaining – when asked if he ever thought the player might leave.
He added: “I heard and read everywhere in the spring that Sancho was gone. But he’s here. We had an agreement with him and it didn’t look like that.”
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Meanwhile, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc explained earlier this month how the “door closed” on United’s pursuit of Sancho.
He told Sky Germany : “We had clear agreements with him that he could make a transfer under certain circumstances, up to a certain point in time. And then the door closed.”
Sancho has scored one goal and assisted twice in four appearances this season, while Dortmund are fourth in the Bundesliga.