Manchester United are in talks with Borussia Dortmund over signing Jadon Sancho, but any deal to sign the England winger isn’t imminent.
The 21-year-old was the club’s top target a year ago and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is again pressing for a deal to sign Sancho, who is seen as an ideal fit for the right-wing position.
But the Manchester Evening News understands a deal to sign Sancho isn’t seen as being close, with Borussia Dortmund not publicly communicating an asking price for the winger.
A deal remains more likely than it was a year ago, with Dortmund understood to be more amenable to a deal on United’s terms, but the Bundesliga outfit 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, an achievement that looked unlikely until a late burst of form.
A year ago Dortmund demanded €120million (£108million) 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, when there was no indication when stadiums would reopen, was unrealistic. That left the deadlocked and an agreement was never close to being reached.
With Sancho’s contract now having only two years left to run it’s expected Dortmund will be more likely to agree to a transfer this summer and will lower their demands from a year ago.
But while the clubs are in discussions a deal isn’t yet close and Dortmund will to try to maximise the fee they can achieve for the former Manchester City man.
United co-chairman Joel Glazer reiterated that Solskjaer will be backed in the transfer market this summer when he appeared on a fans’ forum on Friday, but the club’s approach to the window will again be conditioned by the pandemic and the hit to revenues over the previous 15 months.
Sancho is currently with the England squad in the North East as they continue to prepare for Euro 2020 and he could feature in the warm-up friendly against Romania at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.
The Three Lions will then return to St George’s Park before their Euro 2020 campaign gets underway against Croatia at Wembley in a week’s time.
The European Championship could affect the timeframe of any deal, but personal terms were agreed with Sancho a year ago and are not expected to provide a stumbling block if the two clubs can agree a fee.