Manchester United are reportedly set to table a take-it-or-leave-it final offer for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
United have been chasing the England attacker all summer but have been unable to reach an agreement with the German side, who have insisted they will not budge from their £108million asking price.
But according to Mirror Sport, the Red Devils will issue a final offer of £75m up front with a further £15m in add-ons.
The report adds that Ed Woodward will inform Dortmund there will be no negotiating over the fee or structure of the deal.
United, however, face a major battle to get a deal done before the October 5 deadline.
The Red Devils did make a breakthrough in talks over Sancho’s wages and the agents’ fees earlier this month. But they have so far been unable to drive down his price tag.
Dortmund’s director Sebastian Kehl said earlier this week that Sancho would not be sold in a bargain deal.
Indeed, he suggested that United had made a bid in the region of £73million for Sancho.
Kehl told Sport 1: “We agreed that we had to show a certain attitude. And €80m are simply not enough for such a player.
“We owed that to the club and the fans. I don’t want to give him up either. Without Jadon this team is worse.”
Sancho has had another flying start to the new season. He has notched a goal and two assists in their opening two fixtures.
Alternative Sancho options lined-up
For their part, United are also plotting moves for Sancho alternatives – in case their final offer fails.
Watford Ismaila Sarr is one of those options. A report on Monday claimed the Old Trafford club had made a breakthrough over a potential deal.
Another alternative is long-term target Ivan Perisic, who impressed on loan at Bayern Munich from Inter Milan last season.
The 31-year-old will leave the San Siro before the deadline, and Fussball Transfers claims United is the most likely destination.
The club are locked in negotiations with Porto over left back Alex Telles who is out of contract next summer.
The signing of a new centre-back is also on the cards after the woeful defensive display against Crystal Palace.