Man Utd chief Ed Woodward takes important step in completing Jadon Sancho transfer

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has taken an important step in capturing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer as drawn-out negotiations appear to be reaching a climax.

Sancho has reportedly agreed personal terms on a five-year contract and all that is let to be completed is an agreement over the fee.

Borussia Dortmund have demanded £100m but United are hoping a substantial chunk of that can consist of instalments and add-ons.

Woodward has publicly ruled out spending nine figures on one player but spread over a number of years will make it possible.

The MEN claim United need to offload players before they can make a big signing this summer.

And Woodward is about to make a huge step in freeing up some budget for Sancho by letting Alexis Sanchez join Inter Milan.

The Red Devils have apparently waived a fee to allow the Chilean to remain at the San Siro, where he spent this season on loan.

Sanchez has been a major flop since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018.

His £360,000-a-week wages have been a major talking point but Inter will take on those in full in return for not paying a fee.

Sanchez’s humongous salary will be reinvested in Sancho and the MEN suggest it is an important part of the transfer.

Meanwhile, former United defender Danny Higginbotham has explained why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs Sancho in his squad.

“It’s a position that they need to strengthen,” he said. “I think Dan James has done well, a little bit raw but I think he has done well, [Mason] Greenwood’s come onto the scene and been absolutely magnificent.

“But I think with Sancho he can play on the right, he can play on the left as well so he gives you that ability to be able to play in a few different positions within that front four.

“Let me put it this way, the easy way to put it, I’d be more surprised if Sancho didn’t sign than if he did sign.”

United are also looking at a number of other targets such as Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish.

A new striker and centre-back are also sought after as Woodward is set for a busy summer of transfer activity.

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