Manchester United 's pursuit of Jadon Sancho has dragged on this summer, with the Red Devils reluctant to meet Borussia Dortmund's asking price and the Bundesliga side showing no signs of lowering it.
Dortmund are adamant now that Sancho will be staying at the club for the upcoming season, with sporting director Michael Zorc saying: "We plan on having Jadon Sancho in our team this season, the decision is final. I think that answers all our questions.
"Last summer, we adjusted Jadon's salary to match the development of his performances. So in context, we had already extended his contract until 2023 back then."
Meanwhile, Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told SZ: "There has never been and still is no contact between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United in terms of Sancho, not even indirectly or through alleged middlemen.
"I do not expect any difficulties. Jadon has accepted this. He is a very pleasant, fair guy."
Now, with United's season set to begin in just four weeks with a game against Crystal Palace, United need to explore potential alternatives to the England international.
Man Utd set to abandon Jadon Sancho summer pursuit over major financial concerns
The likes of Bournemouth's David Brooks, Juventus star Douglas Costa and Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman have all been linked with the club in recent weeks.
However, United do have Mason Greenwood and Daniel James as options out on the right wing and, between them, the pair netted 13 goals and provided seven assists in the Premier League last season.
Although James' form fell off towards the end of the campaign and Greenwood's long-term future is seen as a central striker, the pair could do a perfectly good job for one more season.
Sancho would be a quality long-term signing but if they cannot get him this season then it is worth waiting and utilising Greenwood and James.
United legend Paul Scholes has been impressed by both this season, tellling the BBC: "Dan James has done really well for his first season.
"He’s done brilliant but when Mason Greenwood comes into that right-hand side the trickery the skills he’s got, you feel he’s going to score a goal every single time."
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