Manchester United opted not to pursue a deal for Jadon Sancho once it became clear what the true cost of signing the England winger was likely to be.
It was thought that the Premier League club baulked at the €120 million (£109 million) demanded by Borussia Dortmund. However, it has been revealed the actual costs of signing him was likely to be more than double that at €250 million (£227 million), once his wages and the fee demanded by his agent Emeka Obasi were taken in to account.
Instead, having pursued sancho to the virtual exclusion of all other targets, the club embarked on a sudden spending spree on the last day of the transfer window, signing Alex Telles, two teenagers, Amad Traoré, and the Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri. In addition, they signed Edison Cavani on a free transfer.
Now the club’s fans will rightly be wondering about United’s transfer strategy, and single-minded determination to land a player they cannot afford in their current circumstances, with both matchday and commercial revenues severely depleted because of the pandemic.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.