Dortmund boss Rose reacts to Sancho's £73m Man Utd move

Martin Macdonald
Man Utd transfer news: Dortmund begin search for Jadon Sancho replacement

Jadon Sancho will be replaced by another quality player at Borussia Dortmund, according to new boss Marco Rose.

Following a long transfer saga which has lasted well over 12 months, Manchester United will sign Sancho for a £73 million fee this summer.

The Red Devils made the England international their primary target last summer but Dortmund stayed firm on their £100m valuation.

Though BVB would have liked to have kept the player, they have not been immune to the financial impact of the pandemic and so have eventually agreed on a lower offer a year later.

Sancho has emerged as one of the most sensational wing players in Europe over the past two seasons, having left Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017.

From the start of the 2019/20 campaign to now, he has made 70 starts in all competitions for BVB and scored 36 goals and recorded 38 assists.

Over the past year Sancho's name has been mentioned alongside the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, too, but Man Utd made their intentions known early on which is why they have always been the front-runners for his signature.

As for Dortmund, they now face the prospect of having to replace all of those goals and assists.

Dortmund's reaction

However, new head coach Rose, who has only just taken over following a switch from Borussia Monchengladbach, has ensured fans that the Englishman will be replaced.

“If we should lose good players, we will bring in good players," he said on Thursday.

"The squad is very well set up, and at BVB you play for titles. That is also one of the reasons why I decided to join the club."

If we should lose good players, we will bring in good players
- Marco Rose on Sancho departure

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed that the club wanted Sancho to stay, but that it was the player's desire to leave.

"There is an agreement in principle with Man Utd," he confirmed.

"Formal things still have to be clarified. It was Jadon's express wish to change, we would have liked to keep him.

"We are not happy about the money but sad that it is going away."