Borussia Dortmund do not believe Jadon Sancho will try to agitate for a move to Manchester United this summer.
Michael Zorc, the Dortmund sporting director, announced on Monday that Sancho will stay at the German club next season and the decision was “final”.
But there remains a feeling that Dortmund will cash in on Sancho if United meet their £108 million asking price.
United are hoping to drive down that price in the belief Dortmund need to sell following their investment in striker Erling Haaland and midfielder Jude Bellingham this year and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
But sources at Dortmund are adamant they are under no financial pressure to sell and are also not expecting any difficulties with Sancho - who has three years left on his contract - while the debate over his future continues.
Sancho has not demonstrated any irritation about the way the situation is panning out and Dortmund have been impressed by the 20-year-old’s behaviour since he flew out to Switzerland on Monday with the rest of the squad for a pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz.
Dortmund believe Sancho is content and being his usual self and, if he is in any way disgruntled, he did a good job of hiding it in an interview this week when he declared he was “really happy” and looking forward to helping some of the club’s younger talents find their way in the first team.
Sancho started alongside Bellingham and another 17-year-old, Giovanni Reyna, in a friendly against SCR Altach on Wednesday. Sancho was 17 when he joined Dortmund from Manchester City for £8m in 2017 and said he knew what those teenagers were now going through.
“I love playing with this lot,” he said. “It’s a special bunch. We’ve got some special young players coming up. I’m really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.
“I joined when I was 17 - some of the lads are the same age. I’ve been there and done that. I can guide them in what’s good and what isn’t. I can hopefully motivate them as well.”
United believe Dortmund’s pricetag for Sancho in the current climate is unrealistic.
But Dortmund have an impressive track record of extracting huge fees for their players and, while United tried to negotiate Leicester City down on price for Harry Maguire last summer, they eventually ended up paying upfront the £85 million the Midlands club always demanded for the England centre-half.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, will hope to avoid a repeat of that situation and be in a position to integrate Sancho well before the start of the new Premier League season next month but the situation threatens to drag on.
United could face more competition for Sancho’s signature 12 months from now should the player stay at Dortmund and have another successful season with the Bundesliga side and impress for England at the Euros next summer. Liverpool and Chelsea have previously shown strong interest in Sancho.