Manchester United are concerned about what a £100million-plus outlay for Jadon Sancho would do for their public image in the current time of crisis, according to a report.
United have been pursuing a deal for the Borussia Dortmund winger since last summer, when a move was eventually called off.
The Red Devils’ interest has not waned and, parallel to that, England international Sancho has enjoyed his best season in front of goal having scored 17 goals and assisted 19 others in all competitions.
According to the Daily Mirror, United had made significant progress towards a deal this season, to the point where they believed it would happen in the summer transfer window.
However, with the global pandemic expected to take a financial toll on clubs across the world, thoughts have turned away from the prospect of huge transfer fees similar to that for Paul Pogba and Kepa Arrizabalaga in recent years.
Indeed, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward outlined in April that such deals “ignore the realities that face the sport”.
The newspaper claims that United are worried not only about spending over £100million on Sancho but also what message they would be sending.
The Red Devils have already made impressive strides to help out during the crisis; the club will donate 60,000 meals to NHS workers across Manchester and Harry Maguire is a key figure in the Players Together initiative.
As such, Dortmund – who are under no pressure to lower their valuation of the winger – will happily keep the 20-year-old on for another year and have reportedly begun planning for such a scenario.
While United could defer their chase for Sancho for another year, it is said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side remain the favourites for his signature, ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Sancho will be back in action later this month after German chancellor Angela Merkel gave the green light on Wednesday for football in the country to start again, with no matches played since March.
In other news, United reportedly have an agreement in place to sign a rising Sunderland star.