Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms in principle on a five-year contract with Jadon Sancho, as discussions continue at an advanced stage with Borussia Dortmund over the structure of the transfer fee.
Dortmund have not moved from their €120m (£108m) valuation of the England international, but seem to be open to accepting less money up front.
Ideally, the Bundesliga side would want an initial €100m (£90m) to fund a replacement for the 20-year-old – though it is very unlikely they would spend that amount of money on a new signing, hence the softening of the stance on Sancho’s initial fee.
Dortmund used similar negotiation tactics when they sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona in August 2017.
They wanted €140m up front – but instead settled for €105m plus add-ons.
Should the club fail in their attempts to price Sancho away from Dortmund, Manchester United could sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman on loan.
However Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may sign the perfect Jadon Sancho partner in crime in the form of Jack Grealish this summer. There have been claims that interest in the Aston Villa star has cooled because of his £75million asking price. But Ed Woodward remains determined to land the playmaker, with the Red Devils hopeful he can provide the ammunition for Sancho to fire.
Manchester United feel they’ll get Sancho.
While a deal for the Borussia Dortmund star is currently tricky to negotiate, there remains a confidence within Old Trafford that the England international will make the move
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