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Borussia Dortmund rule out signing Jadon Sancho permanently as they admit it would be ‘very, very difficult’ to meet Man United’s asking price for outcast winger they sold for £73m

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  • Sancho has looked sharp during his first three games of Borussia Dortmund loan
  • But sporting director Sebastian Kehl has already ruled out a permanent return
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Borussia Dortmund have admitted it will be ‘very, very difficult’ to sign Manchester United outcast Jadon Sancho permanently after his loan finishes.

The England international returned to his old club last month after United manager Erik ten Hag fell out with the £73million winger.

Sancho, 23, has contributed two assists in three appearances since returning to Dortmund – with the team winning all three matches – before he missed Friday night’s goalless draw at Heidenheim with a muscle issue.

His form is quite impressive considering Sancho had last played competitive football back on August 26, prior to Ten Hag banishing him to train with United’s academy teams.

United may look to offload Sancho in the summer but Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl has already pretty much ruled out making his loan permanent.

Jadon Sancho looks to be enjoying his football again after returning to Borussia Dortmund

The £73m winger fell out with Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag earlier in the campaign

The £73m winger fell out with Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag earlier in the campaign

Kehl said the situation was similar with Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen.

‘Unfortunately for both players, neither option was realistic. If you know what we got for Jadon Sancho two-and-a-half years ago, then you know also that it might not be very, very difficult,’ he told Sky Sports Germany.

‘We naturally advocated for an option on 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.’

United are keen for Sancho to perform strongly at Dortmund in case they decide to cut their losses with the £73m winger in the summer.

They are highly unlikely to recoup their full outlay on a player who struggled to hit the heights during the two full seasons spent at Old Trafford.

Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has admitted it will be expensive to sign Sancho

Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has admitted it will be expensive to sign Sancho 

Sancho celebrates one of Dortmund's goal in their win over Cologne last month

Sancho celebrates one of Dortmund’s goal in their win over Cologne last month

Sancho has scored 12 times and contributed six assists in 82 outings for United. Prior to that, he scored 50 goals and added 64 assists in 137 games for Dortmund.

His return to the Signal Iduna Park has helped lift Dortmund into fourth place in the Bundesliga, reigniting their Champions League qualification hopes after a shaky first half to the season.



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