Chelsea ‘offered Jadon Sancho’ in Man Utd swap deal after blunt Ten Hag claim

Erik ten Hag not happy with decisions in the game with Arsenal

Chelsea were reportedly offered the chance to sign Manchester United star Jadon Sancho as part of a swap deal in the summer, following his public falling out with Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. The Dutch boss insisted that the former Borussia Dortmund man had not been up to the required standard in training, a claim that the player has since adamantly refuted on social media.

When quizzed after the Red Devils’ defeat in north London on why Sancho was not involved, Ten Hag bluntly replied: “Jadon, on his performances in training we did not select him. You have to reach a level every day at Manchester United and we can make choices in the front line. So for this game he was not selected.”

However, Sancho took issue with the claim and immediately hit back on social media, writing: “Please don’t believe everything you read! I will not allow people saying things that is (sic) completely untrue, I have conducted myself in training very well this week.

“I believe there are other reasons for this matter that I won’t go into, l’ve been a scapegoat for a long time which isn’t fair! All I want to do is play football with a smile on my face and contribute to my team.

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“I respect all decisions that are made by the coaching staff, I play with fantastic players and (am) grateful to do so which I know every week is a challenge. I will continue to fight for this badge no matter what!”

As tensions between Sancho and Ten Hag are visibly strained, Fabrizio Romano has now claimed that Chelsea were offered the opportunity to sign the ex-England man as part of a swap deal with Marc Cucurella – who United had targeted to help fill their void at left-back before landing Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon.

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However, even though Sancho’s name had come up in discussions the move was never concrete or advanced, as Chelsea preferred Manchester City starlet Cole Palmer instead for that position, who they signed for £42.5million on deadline day.

If United are continuing to shop Sancho’s name around, it is likely that any value left after his £72m move from Dortmund in 2021 would have further diminished after Ten Hag’s public dressing down of his work ethic behind the scenes and their continuing spat.

Should the two parties decide that an immediate split is necessary only a few transfer markets remain open such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as United icon Rio Ferdinand has already suggested that Sancho may be forced to move to the Middle East.

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