Manchester United spent much of 2020 trying, and failing, to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
After initially being linked with the England international back in January, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made him his number one priority for the summer window.
But Dortmund stood firm on their valuation of the player, with United failing to reach their £108million price-tag.
Sancho hasn’t quite been at his best in the early months of this campaign, failing to register a single goal in the Bundesliga.
Despite that, United are believed to still hold an interest in the 20-year-old, although it is more likely any approach will only take place in the summer.
Solskjaer has reportedly pinpointed four areas of interest in the next two windows, a right-back, centre-back, defensive midfielder and a ‘ready made’ winger like Sancho.
Dortmund ban Sancho, Bellingham from travelling home for Christmas
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reaffirmed his commitment to backing Solskjaer, with a long term approach centred around summer windows.
Nevertheless, speculation about his future continues to swirl, particularly in the midst of some indifferent form.
New Dortmund boss Edin Terzic claimed they were missing the kind of magic usually seen by the forward.
“He really wants to win, he really wants to show something,” says Terzic. “But what Jadon lacks is the ease and magic we are used to from him.”
Terzic previously admitted that speculation had affected his performance and ahead of the winter break in Germany, Dortmund have been forced to act.
Sporting Director Michael Zorc confirmed that all of their players will need to be back in training on December 29 and with the current rise in coronavirus cases in England, Sancho will not be allowed to return home.
“As a result, we cannot allow them to travel to England over the Christmas period,” Zorc told Kicker.
The German government have banned all passenger flights from the UK, in the midst of a new Covid strain that is spreading across London and the South East.
That means Sancho will stay in Germany, where he will hopefully be able to rediscover his form when the domestic game resumes in 2021.