Manchester United remain in talks with Borussia Dortmund over the possible signing of Jadon Sancho this summer, but any breakthrough in regards to completing a transfer still isn’t believed to be imminent.
A report from BILD on Thursday claimed United had made their first official bid to sign the England international, though it was reportedly turned down by Dortmund.
United sources remain tight-lipped on the suggestion any deal is ‘getting closer’ though they view a possible deal more likely this summer than it was a year ago.
The latest rumours from Germany suggest United’s first official offer for Sancho was in the region of €69million, though the Bundesliga side are reportedly looking for €90m with bonuses.
Despite the latest reports Dortmund are understood to be more amenable to do a deal on United’s terms, but are still expected to drive a hard bargain for one of their best players, with their own position strengthened having qualified for the Champions League.
Further reports claimed today that United had also agreed personal terms with Sancho. The MEN reported last September that there had been a breakthrough regarding the players’ personal terms, with the transfer fee always being the main sticking point.
United have a track record for looking to lower the initial costs of a transfer by offering a decent proportion of the fee in the guise of performance-related add-ons, although such an approach might be more difficult given Dortmund’s reluctance to budge on an asking price last summer.
A year ago Dortmund demanded €120million for Sancho and wanted a deal done before they returned to pre-season training. United had consistently stated that a nine-figure fee during a transfer window affected by the pandemic was unrealistic. That left the deadlocked and an agreement was never close to being reached.
United actually stopped dialogue over a possible transfer for Sancho three weeks before the last summer transfer window closed and invested £46million on Amad and Facundo Pellistri on deadline day instead.
MEN Sport understands United’s opening salary offer to Sancho a year ago was actually lower than the reputed £190,000-a-week he earns at Dortmund. Sources said United baulked at Sancho’s salary demands and the intermediary fee demanded by Marco Lichtsteiner, who acted on behalf of Dortmund.
The MEN first revealed United’s interest in Sancho when they attempted to sign him from City in 2017.