Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is worried by Chelsea’s decisiveness in the transfer window and has reportedly asked Ed Woodward to try and capture Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho as early as possible.
United’s transfer stance in recent windows has been to play the long game in hope that the price comes down.
The Red Devils were still forced to splash £80million, a world record for a defender, when they signed Harry Maguire a week before the season started last summer.
They also dwelled during negotiations for Bruno Fernandes, who completed his January move on deadline day.
Dortmund have slapped a £100m price tag on Sancho and Woodward has publicly rebuffed claims his club will spend that amount on one player, especially given how coronavirus has affected their finances.
United are hoping an initial fee of around £50m, plus substantial add-ons and instalments, will tempt the Bundesliga side into agreeing a deal.
But ESPN claim Solskjaer is growing increasingly impatient as he want his new additions through the door as early as possible.
The Norwegian boss has had to watch on as rivals Chelsea moved decisively in the window.
Frank Lampard has been boosted by the arrival of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, respectively.
The Blues are also on the verge of agreeing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s versatile midfielder Kai Havertz.
Lampard can already begin working on his plans and systems for the 2020/21 campaign as they bid to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City.
But Solskjaer is waiting for his bosses to come up with a deal which will see Sancho in a United shirt.
The new Premier League season is due to commence on September 12 and Solskjaer is desperate to have his top target signed before then.
The Red Devils are also in the market for a new centre-back partner for Harry Maguire, along with another midfielder and striker.
Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been linked with a move to the north west but he may prove to be too expensive after helping his side avoid the drop.
Dean Smith’s side are demanding a fee in the region of £80m for the 24-year-old.
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