Jadon Sancho is Borussia Dortmund-bound, but Juventus were at one point his keenest suitors.
The Old Lady were one of the first sides to report to Manchester United for the exiled winger and they even held early talks with Red Devils representatives late last year in London to explore the conditions of a potential deal.
Yet, they ultimately did not proceed with concrete negotiations. Sancho, it must be said, was always a Plan B for Juventus. They had initially wanted to acquire Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, whom they had already tried to sign in the summer.
However, despite Sassuolo’s assertions that Berardi is not for sale mid-season, Juventus never ‘activated’ their Plan B and made a move for Sancho. Now, the winger looks set to head back to his old club Borussia Dortmund. Fabrizio Romano has revealed why the Bianconeri did not pursue a deal.
What did Romano say?
Speaking to CaughtOffside, the transfer expert asserted that Sancho was quite simply too expensive. “After initial interest from Juventus, talks are now ongoing between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United for Sancho. He could return to his former club on loan – they can’t make it permanent.”
“Dortmund have to find a way to make a loan deal work, and so the clubs are discussing the details of the deal, such as loan fee and salary coverage. These are being discussed right now – talks are taking place about these two points, and Dortmund can only cover a part of his salary and not 100% from what I’m told.”
“As previously reported, Juventus were interested in Sancho as well, but in the end they were not open to paying that kind of money for a player who’s leaving the club in five months. Let’s see if they look for alternatives in that position.”