Juventus have halted their pursuit of Manchester United outcast Jadon Sancho due to financial limitations, according to Italian news outlet Tuttosport.
The England international is still searching for an escape route out of Old Trafford following a public fallout with manager Erik ten Hag, who exiled him from the first-team facilities to protect squad harmony.
Interest from Juventus offered Sancho a glimmer of hope, but that has been snatched away by the club’s financial turmoil which has foiled plans to sign him in the January transfer window.
The Italian juggernauts have deemed Sancho too expensive for their constrained budget, with the club lining up cheaper alternatives as the winter market approaches.
Juventus had indicated a desire to sign Sancho on a temporary deal in January, but United demanded they contribute 70% of the winger’s wages to facilitate a deal.
Despite spending the better part of the last four months on the sidelines, Sancho continues to pocket around £350,000 in weekly wages, making him one of United’s highest earners.
While United are more than willing to cut Sancho loose in January, their loan demands have complicated the prospect of a move to Juventus, who are already looking elsewhere for attacking reinforcement.
Meanwhile, reports have circled this week claiming underfire Ten Hag has lost half the dressing room at United, with a handful of senior players expressing dissatisfaction with his handling of the Sancho situation.
Although they failed to categorically deny those reports, United have responded by banning several high-profile journalists from Ten Hag’s press conference on Tuesday.
United defeated Chelsea on Wednesday evening to edge closer to the top four and will be eager to follow up against Bournemouth this weekend.
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