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The England international scored 20 goals in 44 games last season as Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga and reached the round of 16 in the Champions League. United were intent on signing the England international with the player having reportedly agreed personal terms, but Dortmund held firm with an asking price of €120 million (£109m), which the Red Devils were unwilling to match due to the uncertain financial situation caused by Covid-19.
Gareth Southgate has urged more English players to follow Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham's lead and move abroad to develop their game.
Southgate has spoken before about the need for the English game to shed its island mentality and look at the bigger picture beyond the Premier League.
Sancho moved from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund three years ago and Bellingham joined him last summer after leaving Birmingham City.
In an interview with, the England manager suggested that players who move abroad, learn a new language and adapt in a new place 'helps to make them a more rounded person and in the end that'll help you as a player'.
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Southgate added: 'We've had a few guys go there on loan to other clubs. Not all of those have been successful.
'Jadon [Sancho] is the obvious example who has been a success, Jude [Bellingham] has started really well but I think the more players travel abroad and play, the better.'
Southgate believes that English football - in particular the national team - has been slow to realise the benefits of players moving abroad to fulfil or at least start to unlock their potential.
He said: 'The rest of Europe has always done that and very often their league hasn't been able to support the better players, the smaller countries, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium, they've exported their players.'
'So their own league is full of their best young players and their better players then go and play in Serie A, the Bundesliga or the Premier League or La Liga.'
'We haven't done that and we've probably suffered as a consequence of that. Our players weren't exposed to different tactical requirements and to those life experiences that help to improve you as a person.'
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