Manchester United pushed hard to sign Jadon Sancho in the summer and the forward had already mentally prepared for the move to take place.
A Borussia Dortmund chief has made the claim and believes that is behind the player's dip in form.
United could return once again in six months time with the Englishman's future in Germany far from certain.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add a winger to his squad and Sancho would fit the bill.
United do have a winger arriving though in the form of teenager Amad Diallo.
New names continue to be linked with moves to Old Trafford while several could still leave this month.
Here are the latest transfer rumours from Manchester.
Sancho 'was ready to change' amid summer move
Jadon Sancho was the club's top transfer target in the summer and had "already prepared for change".
United though were unable to secure a deal with Borussia Dortmund and the winger stayed put.
Sancho's form has dipped this term CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke puts that down to his mindset already shifting.
"Subconsciously, Jadon had probably already prepared a little for a change," he told Kicker .
"I think he had at least thought so much about it that he lost his ease. I have found him trying very hard for weeks."
New boy Diallo plan
United will begin integrating Amad Daillo straight into the first team when he arrives this month.
The youngster was signed in the summer from Atalanta for £38m.
He was allowed to remain in Italy until the New Year but the Serie A outfit had asked to keep him for the entire season.
United rebuffed their request as they want to begin introducing him to the ways of working at Old Trafford, reports Goal.
There have been changes in the dugout with former Red Devil Darren Fletcher joining the coaching staff.
The Scot was a player at Old Trafford for 12 years making 342 appearances.
And he will join the likes of Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Chris McKenna in assisting Solskjaer.
The United boss said: “Darren has the United DNA running through his veins and he knows exactly what it takes to be a Manchester United player.
“He is at the start of his coaching career and his experience both on and off the pitch along with his winning mentality, commitment and hard work will be a great addition to the staff.”
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