Borussia Dortmund remain confident of staving off Manchester United’s interest in Jadon Sancho and are gearing up for a bidding war for the player next summer, according to a report.
Dortmund’s insistence that clubs keen on the winger pay £108million has caused concern for United. The Red Devils feel that fee is unrealistic amid the financial effects of the pandemic.
However, the Bundesliga side have refused to budge and several players and senior staff have claimed they now believe Sancho will stay at the club, at least for another season.
According to the Daily Mirror, Dortmund are prepared to let Sancho go next summer in the event of a bidding war.
They believe that, should United pass up their opportunity this summer, Barcelona and Real Madrid will register interest. Such interest would likely further guarantee that Dortmund receive a top price for England international Sancho.
The newspaper adds, however, that United believe the latest development to be a Dortmund “ploy” to make the Red Devils snap the 20-year-old up for £108million.
United reportedly feel the deal broker – Marco Lichtsteiner – has distracted the progress of negotiations. Dortmund, though, claim the Old Trafford club have no reason to make such claims.
Either way, Sancho said on Wednesday that he “loves” playing with his Dortmund team-mates.
According to the latest report, Dortmund want Sancho to turn those brief comments into a longer interview in which he pledges his loyalty to the Bundesliga side.
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Meanwhile, reports claim United midfielder Andreas Pereira will be leaving the club this summer.
The 24-year-old began this season with a firm role in proceedings but Bruno Fernandes’ arrival cut his game time.
Now, reports claim Solskjaer has unsuccessfully tried to persuade the midfielder to stay at Old Trafford.