Al-Ettifaq, managed by Steven Gerrard, made an unsuccessful attempt to sign Jadon Sancho on loan from Manchester United before the transfer deadline in Saudi Arabia.
The move came after Sancho had a public disagreement with United manager Erik ten Hag.
Despite United being willing to let Sancho join Ettifaq on loan for the rest of the season for free, the deal included an obligation for Ettifaq to buy him for £50 million, which they could not afford.
This indicates a decline in Sancho’s standing at Old Trafford, as United were willing to let him go following the dispute with Ten Hag.
While United had previously indicated they would listen to offers around £45 million for Sancho, they were not actively seeking to sell him.
Since joining United from Borussia Dortmund for £73 million two years ago, Sancho has not met expectations, with 12 goals and six assists in 82 games.
This article was updated 1 month ago