Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s priority transfer target as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to improve his side. But reports claim negotiations with Borussia Dortmund have hit a new low with the club bristling at the the Red Devils’ lack of seriousness. Ed Woodward has been trying to broker a deal for the 20-year-old but that’s been easier said than done.
Manchester United have had a quiet transfer window so far, with Donny van de Beek their sole arrival.
It’s been well-documented throughout the summer that they want to sign Sancho, who starred for Dortmund last term with 17 goals and 17 assists.
United have struggled to sign the England international so far, however, with the club unwilling to meet Dortmund’s huge £108million asking price.
The Red Devils don’t want to break any transfer records at a time where the coronavirus crisis remains ongoing.
And the Independent say Dortmund are irritated by United ‘never showing real intent’ and are now prepared to keep him at the Westfalenstadion for another year as a result.
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That certainly doesn’t bode well.
And the report states that United are looking for alternatives to Sancho, despite Solskjaer’s determination to bring the former Manchester City star to Old Trafford.
Ivan Perisic has been linked amid uncertainty over his long-term future at Inter Milan, while Ousmane Dembele, Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman have also emerged as potential targets.
More recently, Gareth Bale’s name has been thrown into the hat.
But the Wales international is poised to join Tottenham instead, bringing his seven-year spell with Real Madrid to an end.
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Meanwhile, club legend Gary Neville thinks United should switch to plan B immediately to avoid wasting any more time on Sancho.
“Like everyone else they had three months off because of coronavirus, so I don’t think it should be the case they didn’t have the resource or time to get things done,” Neville told the Daily Mail.
“Chelsea got their business done, [Manchester] City have got three or four pieces done. I don’t think timing’s the issue.
“It’s just a thing with United that every time they go for a player in the last four, five, six years it feels they are a little bit desperate.
“They think they can hang on but they always pay it [the asking price] in the end.
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“That’s sometimes where I think you can take control, give a hard deadline and say ‘we’re moving away from this deal’.”
Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre has insisted Sancho will be staying put, saying: “We need him, no question about it.
“Everyone was happy that he stayed.
“We don’t need to talk long about his qualities – they are enormous. He scores and prepares many goals, can often make all the difference.
“But there are a few details that Sancho needs to improve. That’s normal for a 20-year-old.”
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