Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, has today hinted that Manchester United were never close to signing Jadon Sancho.

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The story surrounding the future of Dortmund star Sancho of course proved one of the talking points of the summer window.

On the back of another scintillating campaign at Signal Iduna Park, during which he racked up an eye-watering 20 goals and 20 assists, widespread reports hinted at a potential Premier League return for the 20-year-old.

The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and even former club Manchester City were all tipped as possible landing spots, though it was of course Manchester United who were most heavily linked.

The Red Devils were known to be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide, with Sancho having been identified as the club’s first-choice target.

A number of reliable sources even went as far as to suggest that an agreement on the personal terms of a contract had long been found between the parties.

Evidently, however, upon the transfer deadline coming and passing, Sancho remained a Dortmund player, as the United board failed to reach an agreement with their Bundesliga counterparts.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – DECEMBER 07: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal which is later disallowed by VAR during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Signal Iduna Park on December 07, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

‘The door closed’

And, as outlined above, if the latest comments on the part of a core member of Dortmund’s board are anything to go by, then it appears as though Ed Woodward and co. never truly came close to striking a deal for their prime summer target.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Germany, Hans-Joachim Watzke was drawn on the recent speculation linking Sancho with an exit from the club.

The BVB chief, though, assured that a deadline (widely reported as August 10th) was agreed upon with the player himself, after which outside interest became irrelevant:

‘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.’

Watzke also went on to suggest that, without naming them specifically, Manchester United completely ‘misjudged’ the situation.

He did admit, though, that, should the Red Devils reemerge as suitors next summer, Dortmund will return to the negotiating table:

‘[They] misjudged the situation. We would be more willing to compromise. 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.’

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