The never ending saga between Jadon Sancho and Manchester United looks set to reach a crescendo with the English winger set to possibly make a return to Borussia Dortmund on loan. According to Sky Sport among others, Dortmund and United are trying to work out the details of said loan deal to seal his return.
Sancho has spent most of this season sidelined due to his feud with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. Having been frozen out over alleged issues in training (which the player has subsequently denied), there were many indications over the last few months that the player would try to find pastures new come the winter transfer window.
A return to Dortmund, from Sancho’s perspective, is a comfortable move that could see him find his old magic and allow him to play an important role for Die Schwarzgelben once again. It is of course a risk for Dortmund, particularly if the player doesn’t really reach his former peak.
Then there is also the issue of finances and deal structure: a loan with a reasonable option to buy would be the best case scenario for Dortmund, with United picking up a significant portion of his wages for the duration of said loan. Initially, there was no indication that the loan would include any sort of option to buy, but WAZ have now reported that it is likely such an option will be sought by Borussia Dortmund.
While risky, a move for Sancho is very on brand for Dortmund, who as a club are more than familiar with the idea of bringing back old players. It is a transfer strategy that has been a very mixed bag in terms of success. Should Sancho come in, hit the ground running and show motivation both in training and on the pitch, the club may yet again be able to unlock the potential of a player who mesmerized on and off the ball in his previous stint in black and yellow.