Borussia Dortmund have internally agreed to drop their asking price for Jadon Sancho and would be prepared to do business with Manchester United for just €85-90million (£74-78m) this summer, according to reports in Germany.
Sancho has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority attacking target for the last 18 months and the 21-year-old looked destined to join United ahead of the 2020/21 campaign before Dortmund pulled the plug on a potential deal.
It’s understood Dortmund were demanding well in excess of £100m for the England forward, who stayed on at the Westfalenstadion to notch up six goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga so far this term.
At the weekend, the transfer saga took a fresh twist as Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc revealed that Sancho had a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ which could allow him to leave at the end of the season.
‘We already had a gentlemen’s agreement with Jadon last year that he can switch under certain conditions,’ he told German publication ARD .
‘He’s been with us for a couple of years. However, this agreement does not exist with Erling [Haaland].’
The Bundesliga outfit made it clear last year that United would have to satisfy their demands for Sancho before they set off on their summer training camp in Switzerland, which would have given them ample time to find a replacement.
According to Sport1, the Red Devils are likely to be given a similar deadline, with BVB’s pre-season camp expected to begin at the end of July.
However, the report claims Dortmund bosses will be willing to accept a fee of €85-90m for Sancho’s signature this time round due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recent reports suggest United have been monitoring Kingsley Coman in recent months and could move for the Bayern Munich winger should their pursuit of Sancho end in failure.
The French World Cup winner – who scored the only goal in last year’s Champions League final – is tied into a deal at the Allianz Arena until 2023 but talks over an extension have stalled.