You can understand why Erling Haaland’s dad did not want to see Jadon Sancho leave Borussia Dortmund.
Alf-Inge Haaland, the former Premier League midfielder who now doubles up as the striker’s representative, gave a simple response to news of Sancho’s imminent move to Manchester United.
“F***,” he wrote on Twitter when news first broke at the start of July. “But all the best @Sanchooo10 You will be missed.”
Sancho, 21, is set to join the Red Devils after a £73million deal was agreed with Borussia Dortmund and is thought to have completed his medical now Euro 2020 is over.
Having failed to land the England winger last summer, Sancho enjoyed yet another productive season in the Bundesliga, continuing his electrifying partnership with Haaland.
In fact, it’s the Norwegian who was the main focus of transfer rumours last summer, with every club under the sun seemingly interested, and he owes a lot to Sancho.
With 65 goals and 35 assists between them in the Bundesliga over the last two seasons, the young pair have been responsible for each other’s deadly form in front of goal.
Ten of Sancho’s assists have been for Haaland, whose reaction to the winger’s exit would likely echo his dad’s.
But they are also friends and the striker was among many who publicly backed his soon-to-be former teammate, who suffered inexcusable racist abuse in the hours after the Euro 2020 final.
“I don’t understand why there is still room for racism and discrimination,” he tweeted.
“We will never tire of fighting against any form of discrimination. Instead of being applauded for having the courage to take the penalties, these young men are attacked with racist insults. I am speechless.”
On the pitch, though, talkSPORT’s European football broadcaster Kevin Hatchard insists United are getting an incredible player in Sancho.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” he explained. “He’s come up big in big games, he was absolutely brilliant in the DFB Cup final against RB Leipzig.
“He is a proven performer at Bundesliga level and we started seeing glimpses at Champions League level, he got a brilliant goal against Barcelona in Barcelona.
“I think he’s ready and I think he would’ve been ready last summer as well. There’s been a lot of talk about how Manchester United have saved a chunk of money, but would he have made a difference to their season?
“Would they have qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League with him in the team? We’ll never know.”