Manchester United still believe they can secure a deal to sign Jadon Sancho before the summer transfer deadline next week.
United identified Sancho as their priority transfer target at the start of the summer transfer window back in July and retain a belief they can secure his signature this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are prepared to invest a British record fee for the 20-year-old right winger but have no intention of meeting Borussia Dortmund’s €120million valuation with an up-front fee.
United have made progress in talks over Sancho’s salary and the agent’s fees over the recent weeks, but MEN Sport understand there is a ‘fundamental gap’ between both parties that caused an impasse in any progress being made.
The Bundesliga side remain adamant they will not entertain the sale of Sancho after United refused to meet their self-imposed transfer deadline of August 10, with a number of key Dortmund figures ruling out a deal in recent weeks.
United are adamant they will not meet Sancho’s €120million valuation in an up-front fee before the transfer window closes on October 5, but are expected to test Dortmund’s resolve with a revised bid, although club officials remain tight-lipped on the matter.
As with their deals to sign Bruno Fernandes and Romelu Lukaku in past windows United are keen to negotiate a financial package which will see them pay a large fee up front, with performance-related add-ons taking the overall value of the deal closer to Dortmund’s valuation of the player.
With only a week left of the window United are persisting with their efforts to sign Sancho after they earmarked the right wing as their priority position to strengthen this summer.
The club do have a list of back-up options and could look at securing a short-term fix on loan if they decide to end their pursuit of the highly-rated England international.