Jadon Sancho has admitted that he needs to be “little more professional” if he is to maximise his potential as Manchester United continue to step up their efforts to sign the Borussia Dortmund winger.
United made a breakthrough in negotiations earlier this week by striking an agreement with the England international over wages and agent fees.
The stand-off between the club and player has pushed any deal back by a couple of weeks.
But now that a compromise has been reached all that is left to sort is meeting Dortmund’s £108million asking price.
However, Sancho feels he must buck his ideas up if he is to become United’s record signing.
The 20-year-old has landed himself in hot water with Dortmund a few times since his 2017 move from Manchester City.
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Last October the attacker returned late from international duty with England and was consequently fined.
A month later he rocked up late for a team meeting and was dropped from the starting line-up.
“In Germany there’s a few things that I still need to work on,” Sancho admitted. “Sometimes I’m late to training and it’s things like this that I need to work on, because I have a sleep problem.
“Little things like that, where I need to be a little more professional and put things right.
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“But I’m working on it and the club’s helping me and the team is helping me. Slowly but surely, as I get older, I feel like I’m learning new things.
“People do say that I’m very mature for my age. I guess leaving home and learning things for myself has helped with that.”
United are playing the long-game with Dortmund in hope they reduce their asking price.
But former striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks that could see the deal go down to the final few days of the transfer window.
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“If they’re going to bring any new strikers – like they’re connected with Sancho for a long time now – if that’s going to happen probably we’re going to find out in the last days of the transfer window,” he said.
“Chelsea are doing some good business at the moment, they’ll be challenging the top teams.
“We will find out who is going and who is staying in the last two or three days of the transfer window.
“Sancho is a good alternative if it’s not too much money to spend on that signing, [then] go for it.”
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