Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly using the transfer blueprint he drew up to capture Bruno Fernandes to entice Borussia Dortmund to part with Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund have slapped a £100million price tag on their prized winger amid interest from some of Europe’s top teams.
Woodward has publicly ruled out spending nine figures on one signing but talks are ongoing behind the scenes.
In January the Red Devils splashed out an initial £47m to take Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old went on to transform United’s season as they rallied to finish third in the table.
During negotiations with Lisbon, which dragged on until deadline day, Woodward stood firm and included a substantial £20.7m worth of instalments and add-ons.
The offer was eventually accepted with hours to spare and Woodward was delighted his plan worked.
The MEN claim the United chief is using the same blueprint again with Sancho – despite several warnings from Dortmund.
Sancho has made it known that he wants to return to the Premier League, three years after he left Manchester City.
United have been told they must meet Dortmund’s demands before August 10 so the Bundesliga side have adequate time to bring in a replacement.
However, Woodward is planning to drag out talks as he wants to pay a reduced fee up front.
That would have an impact on cross-town rivals City as they are set to receive 15 per cent of the fee.
Meanwhile, Woodward provided an update on his club’s finances in the final match programme of the season.
“The ongoing disruption from the pandemic – and the economic pressures it has created – has shown why it is so important for football clubs to focus on their financial stability,” he wrote.
“We are fortunate to have a strong and resilient commercial business which has supported long-term investment in our team.
“That will continue, albeit with extra caution in the coming months as we navigate our way through this uncertain period.”
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