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Clear hint that Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho could both leave Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA)

Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho (John Walton/PA)

Kevin Palmer

Borussia Dortmund may be forced to sell some of their star assets next summer, which could mean Jadon Sancho will finally seal his move to Manchester United.

United refused to pay Dortmund's €120million asking price for Sancho last summer, with the England attacking star remaining in Germany for another season as a result.

Yet Dortmund have struggled to shine in the Bundesliga this season, despite boasting a stunning array of youthful talent that also includes in-demand striker Erling Haaland, who has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Real Madrid in recent months.

Now Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted players will have to be sold if his club fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, with a recent slump in form putting their hopes of a top four finish in the Bundesliga in jeopardy.

While Watzke has insisted Norway striker Haaland will not be for sale, it is clear that clubs across Europe will need to cut the losses after 12 months that has seen revenue streams battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"If the income from the Champions League is no longer there, you can no longer afford a squad of this size," he confirmed. "Then you have to use the red pencil to cut down the squad."

He was also quoted as suggested he was "more than certain" Sancho would leave the club at the end of next season, but there may also be interest in his talents from incoming Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

It may be that Dortmund will no longer be demanding the lavish €120million asking price for Sancho and that could means United and Chelsea will be battling it out to sign a player who openly admits his form has been affected by the transfer speculation that swirled around him in 2020.

"Obviously this season has been very difficult for me personally," Sancho told "So I knew when I went away, I just focused on my game and came back raring to go. I'm working hard every day in training and on the pitch so I'm just happy to get my goals and assists."

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