Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are some way off in their valuation of Jadon Sancho ahead of a proposed summer move – or so we are led to believe.
Dortmund are under no pressure to sell their prized winger and are demanding £115million, even though the coronavirus pandemic is expected to reduce transfer fees elsewhere.
United senior officials have made it public knowledge that they are not willing to spend over £50m, which is less than half of Sancho’s price tag.
Talks have apparently reached an impasse and it looked like the transfer plan was to be shelved until next summer.
However, Goal claim the Red Devils would be willing to pay £85m to bring the England international back to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City.
Ed Woodward has developed a reputation for dragging transfer out until the last minute in the hope of securing a bargain.
Dortmund will have to cash in on Sancho this summer if they are to receive the optimum fee as the 20-year-old only has two years left on his contract.
Once a player enters the final 12 months of his deal, i.e. at the end of next season, the star usually goes for a reduced amount.
If United can tempt Dortmund into lowering their valuation just slightly then their prices may not be too far away.
The Red Devils’ stance of only paying £50m may have been a ploy to bring Dortmund’s valuation down.
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United legend Gary Neville warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he will have to change his stance to have any chance of landing the attacker.
“I think you’ll have to pay a little bit more than that Ole,” the former defender said.
“I think that’s the problem, some clubs will believe other clubs will get desperate and sell players on the cheap.
“But I’m not sure you can bully clubs like Borussia Dortmund.”
Solskjaer is also in the market for other signings as he looks to complete his squad overhaul ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
A new centre-backs partner for Harry Maguire is sought after, as is another midfielder and a new striker.
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