Jadon Sancho may have played his final match for Borussia Dortmund as he is unlikely to be in the squad which faces Freiburg on Saturday because he did not show up at training this afternoon.
Manchester United had a £91million bid for the England international rejected earlier this week.
Sancho then stayed at home as Dortmund travelled to Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup final last night, which they lost 3-2.
A ‘respiratory illness’ was the official reason given by the German club.
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The Dortmund players checked in for training at 3pm this afternoon and underwent their coronavirus testing ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga fixture.
But Sancho did not show at the training ground. It is unclear if he took a COVID-19 test at home.
If the 20-year-old did not then he will not be permitted to play on Saturday.
And that means the ex-Manchester City youngster many have played his final match at the Westfalenstadion.
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Sky Sports News claim they have been told that Sancho did turn in today because he is still suffering with the same respiratory problem.
But it could also be because United are preparing a second, improved offer.
United have until Monday’s deadline to meet Dortmund’s £108million valuation with a compromise looking unlikely.
Former United assistant manager Steve McLaren has urged then 13-time Premier League champions to raise their offer and pay what is required.
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“They need a centre-forward, they need a centre-back and they need a left-back,” he said. “Those are the priorities.
“But players like Sancho don’t come around very often. He’s a unique type of player to go into Manchester United.
“They’ve been searching all across the world. They’re only £20m short – come on, get the deal done! It’s for the future.
“United have done well so far with their scouting and who they have brought in. If they’re still going for Sancho, then I think Dembele is for the short-term, a stopgap.
“But they need a centre-forward, and they need a centre-back. If they want to play with intensity and a high line, they need speed at the back.”
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