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Dortmund fire clear Jadon Sancho transfer message after Man Utd move

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Sebastian Kehl, acknowledges that the permanent signing of Jadon Sancho is improbable, even if Manchester United considers offloading the forward in the summer.

Sancho, 23, returned to Dortmund last month on a loan deal until the season’s end after a four-year stint at the club from 2017, following his transfer from Manchester City.

Returning to the Bundesliga from Old Trafford followed a public dispute with manager Erik ten Hag in September.

Back at Signal Iduna Park, Sancho contributed two assists in three Bundesliga games, aiding Edin Terzic’s team in securing three consecutive league victories to boost their Champions League qualification bid.

Despite this, Kehl practically dismisses the possibility of Sancho’s permanent return to Dortmund, citing the formidable price United would demand for the forward, making any future deal “very, very difficult.”

Speaking to Sky Sports Germany, Kehl said: “Unfortunately for both players [Ian Maatsen and Jadon Sancho], neither option was really realistic. If you know what we got for Jadon Sancho two and a half years ago, then you know also that it might now be very, very difficult.

“We naturally advocated for an option with him – and also with Ian – but the negotiating position was not such that we could implement it and so we will accept it for now.”

The prospect of Sancho playing under Ten Hag for United again remains uncertain, considering his contract at Old Trafford extends until 2026.

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