Real Madrid reportedly tried to sign Jadon Sancho at a discount rate from Borussia Dortmund, but the deal unsurprisingly didn’t go through.
Madridistas did not expect Real Madrid to make any signings this summer, because they made it very clear that they wouldn’t sign anybody big this summer despite a poor performance in the UEFA Champions League.
Los Blancos got Martin Odegaard back from his loan at Real Sociedad and have several emerging young talents for the 2020-2021 season, having already won the league title in 2019-2020 behind a veteran core of players like Casemiro Sergio Ramos, and Karim Benzema.
Plus, Real Madrid want to save their money for the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Eduardo Camavinga in 2021. So why jeopardize that by signing players who aren’t as helpful to Los Blancos over the long term?
That’s why it was surprising to read Fabrizio Romano write in The Guardian that Real Madrid tried to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for 90 million euros.
Real Madrid would probably have to pay 120 million euros for Jadon Sancho
Dortmund have made it clear that they do not want a penny less than 120 million euros for their most valuable player. Sancho had a combined 29 goals and 30 assists in his first two Bundesliga seasons with BVB since joining from Manchester City, making him not just one of the best young players in Europe, but one of the best players in Europe overall.
Manchester United already had trouble signing Sancho despite agreeing to personal terms with the player, because Dortmund stuck firm. So why would they give Real Madrid a significant discount from 120 million euros to 90 million euros?
Maybe Real could offer more players on loan than just Reinier Jesus, and they surely have a better relationship with Dortmund than United.
But even then, 90 million euros for Sancho is a lot of money for Real to spend. They could potentially get Camavinga and Erling Haaland for less than that, and those are two players Real Madrid have more use for.
Jadon Sancho is a great player, but is he what Real Madrid needs the most?
Sancho is a great player and chance-creator from the right wing, which, positionally, is a need for Real. However, stylistically, Sancho is not a need for Real. They already have two creative wingers in Eden Hazard and Vinicius Junior. And they have another young winger in Rodrygo Goes.
What they need on the right is a goal-scorer who is even more adept at putting the ball in the back of the net than Marco Asensio. Sancho brings goals to the table, but scoring goals for Dortmund in the free-flowing Bundesliga is a lot easier than scoring goals for Real Madrid against highly-compact and organized La Liga defenses.
Real Madrid have only a limited amount of money to set aside in these coming transfer windows due to the COVID-19-created economic crisis. Sancho is a wonderful, world-class winger, but he is not the best use of funds. And Real won’t be getting him at a discount, even keeping in mind their positive relationship with the Bundesliga’s second-biggest club.