Why Borussia Dortmund chief's Jadon Sancho statement could be bad news for Chelsea

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke’s recent statement regarding Jadon Sancho’s imminent departure might have also indicated their stance on reported Chelsea target Erling Haaland.

Sancho is now very close to joining Manchester United after both parties reached an agreement on a €85million (£73.1m) deal.

The deal itself is arguably already a big reason why Dortmund would be even more reluctant to let go of Haaland this summer.

Well, even some Chelsea fans on social media feel that it seems unlikely that Dortmund would be willing to lose their two best attackers in the same transfer window.

But not only that — Dortmund chief Watzke’s bold statement regarding the Sancho transfer saga might also illustrate how the Bundesliga side’s stance in the transfer window.

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“It was Jadon’s wish to change, we would have liked to keep him,” the club chief said in his press conference today.

“We are not happy about the money and sad that he is going away.”

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So Watzke suggested that Dortmund would have kept Sancho if he had not pushed for the transfer himself.

In other words, it could be bad news for Chelsea’s reported pursuit of Haaland.

One of the likely reasons why Chelsea might get Haaland this summer is that they could offer Dortmund a lot more money than what they would get when the 20-year-old’s reported €75m (£64.5m) release clause becomes active next summer.

But Dortmund do not seem to be tempted by money, nor they would need to sell after the blockbuster Sancho transfer.

So unless Chelsea could somehow convince Haaland to push for a move to Stamford Bridge, negotiating with Dortmund could prove difficult.

Unfortunately, Haaland himself has stated that he respects his contract with Dortmund which runs until 2024.

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