Jadon Sancho left out of Borussia Dortmund squad for German Super Cup against Bayern Munich with a ‘respiratory infection’ as Manchester United plot last-ditch move worth up to £90m for England star
The two clubs are set to go head-to-head on Wednesday in Munich with a rule change meaning the Super Cup now takes place at the home of the Bundesliga champions as opposed to the German Cup holders.
But Dortmund have now confirmed Sancho and goalkeeper Roman Burki will not fly to south Germany to take on their arch rivals due to respiratory infections.
The club however confirmed both players had tested negative for coronavirus.
The news comes with Manchester United plotting a last-gasp move for the 20-year-old before the transfer window shuts on October 5.
The England winger has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No 1 target for months but Manchester United have been unwilling to match the Bundesliga side’s £108million valuation.
Sportsmail revealed on Sunday that United are preparing a bid of around £65m plus achievable add ons up to £90m for Sancho.
But Dortmund captain Marco Reus insisted the England international will not be leaving Signal Iduna Park before the window slams shut on Monday.
Asked about Sancho staying at Dortmund rather than returning to England, Reus told Sky Germany: ‘For us players that was great news.
‘We all were happy that he will be with us for one more year because he delivers assists and goals, so we get points.’
Should that bid fail, United will turn to other options. Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik and Juventus winger Douglas Costa are among those to have been linked with a switch to Old Trafford.
Reus expects Sancho to leave Dortmund at the end of this season, particularly if he continues to develop his game at the same rate.
‘If he gets as big as (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo, we will see,’ the Germany midfielder added.
‘He needs time, experience and it will be important how he manages the times when things don’t go so well. But he has the confidence and the quality.’
United have endured a frustrating transfer window so far, only signing Holland midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a £40m deal.