There is an argument to be had that United simply don’t need Sancho as much as they used to.
Paul Pogba has enjoyed a string of excellent performances while operating as a wide midfielder, while there are other more glaring positions that need to be rectified before the club spend big on Sancho.
The club could be without Edison Cavani next season who is yet to decide whether he will activate a contract extension, while asking Greenwood to carry the brunt of the strike force next year, as talent as he is, is a lot to expect of a teenager at a club the size of Manchester United.
Though £80m was spent on club captain Harry Maguire, finding him a solid, consistent partner has proved a more difficult task, with both Victor Lindelöf and Eric Bailly showing they have tendencies to make costly errors at times.
Money that was once potentially put aside for Sancho may be better spent elsewhere.
The club are still reeling from the news of Ed Woodward’s departure, with the Chief Executive set to step down from his role come the end of the season.
In the wake of the news, Manchester United announced the appointment of the club’s first ever football director in John Murtough.
Previously the club’s head of football development, he is now tasked with overseeing operations and strategy across all football functions at Manchester United.
This would involve keeping an eye on potential incoming signings, and securing the services of someone of Sancho’s stature would be quite the statement from Murtough in his new role.