Manchester United’s bid to sign Jadon Sancho is reportedly in danger of breaking down, according to a report on Tuesday evening.
United were reported to be closing in on the signing of the Borussia Dortmund winger in a deal destined to break their club record.
However, ESPN claims Dortmund’s refusal to lower their €120m asking price is proving troublesome for United. While talks remain at the early stage, the outlet reports that the deal could even collapse as a result.
It’s reported executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made it clear to officials from Dortmund that their valuation of Sancho is ‘unrealistic’ at present. He feels the financial issues stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak mean they should reduce their demands.
Manchester City are owed 15% of any transfer fee over the terms of the deal that took the then teenager to Germany. As a result, they are looking to maximise their profit on the 20-year-old.
They write that while ‘Sancho remains United’s top target, they are prepared to walk away from the deal and pursue other targets’
Furthermore they claim the two clubs remain some distance apart in their valuation of the player. Reports earlier that United have agreed an initial €90m payment also appear wide of the mark.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains hopeful the difficulties can be ironed out and a compromise can be found. But ESPN claim United are exploring other possibilities, including Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
United, however, will first try and find a resolution with Dortmund and talks over the deal will continue. Dortmund were reported to have set a August 10 deadline on any potential transfer. However, ESPN reports United will not be held to ransom over that date and will actively pursue him thereafter should hopes over a deal remain.
That’s not the end of the problems for United either. It was previously reported that Sancho had agreed a package worth £220,000 a week. However, Solskjaer and Woodward are keen not to break ther harmony that exists in their squad.
ESPN writes that such a huge pay packet for the Sancho could risk the positive atmosphere Solskjaer has nurtured in the dressing room. Furthermore, they do not want to break the wage structure and wants the club to be “disciplined” in terms of player salaries going forward.
Sancho has two years remaining on his deal at Dortmund. He is, however, thought to be keen on the move back to Manchester.
All parties will continue talks in the hope of finding a compromise.
United warned Sancho could flop under pressure
United, meanwhile, have been told not to heap too much pressure on Jadon Sancho if he joins the club.
The warning comes from former star Gordon Hill, who was speaking to the Talk of the Devils podcast.
Hill, who played for United between 1975-1978, does, however, think Sancho has the talent.
“Jadon will come with a price tag, a level of expectation for him to live up to,” he said.
“In the past we have had Angel Di Maria and Memphis Depay to name just two who have come in. They were going to be the creative saviour for United on the wing.
“Time and time again we’ve seen players come in for big money and then not perform. It has generally come at some significant cost for that player to be moved on.
“I hope that won’t happen with Jadon but you will understand my apprehension. That’s not based on his talent, but the expectation that is already going to be put on his shoulders.”