Manchester United have to break the British transfer record if they want to land Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer with the German club holding out for a record price and the two clubs still some distance apart.
Despite the Covid pandemic impacting on European football finances, the German club have not significantly reduced their asking price of £108million from a year ago and any offer from United would need to be in excess of the £89million paid for Paul Pogba in 2016 which is still the Premier League’s most expensive deal.
United’s board are fully committed to backing manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market this summer with Sancho the Norwegian’s number one target.
Solskjaer feels United need a world-class operator on the right wing to score goals and create opportunities for Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Sancho, part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros, ended the Bundesliga season in tremendous form, helping Dortmund qualify for the Champions League and win the German Cup, scoring 10 goals in 15 games.
Sportsmail understands the relationship between the two clubs has improved since last year’s drawn-out negotiations collapsed, with talks now back underway.
Sancho doesn’t have any other suitors this summer but has an understanding that he can leave should Dortmund’s demands be met.
But Chelsea might be looking to steal the deal with Manchester United very close after agreeing personal terms with the player.
But it remains to be seen if the asking price of Borrosia Dortmund will be a stumbling block in the deal to land the forward at Old Trafford.
United also want to be able to buy a centre back, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane top of their list but also attracting interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
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