Borussia Dortmund launched an audacious yet unsuccessful approach to snap up a Man Utd star in the midst of the two club’s ongoing negotiations over the future of Jadon Sancho.
England winger Sancho, 20, has become one of European football’s hottest properties since his departure to the Bundesliga nearly three years ago.
A host of Premier League heavyweights have all registered interest in bringing the vibrant forward back to England, with Jamie Carragher recently urging Liverpool to beat the Red Devils to his signature.
It is Man Utd who appear to be in pole position, however, with a recent report giving Utd fans hope the club will be extremely active in the next window.
Dortmund have garnered a reputation for developing some of football’s brightest young talent, evidenced by the immediate returns shown since the January arrival of Erling Braut Haaland.
So it comes as no surprise to see then, that the club reportedly tried to tempt Man Utd into letting rising forward Mason Greenwood move n the opposite direction in order to facilitate Sancho’s exit to Old Trafford.
Greenwood has risen to prominence in the current campaign, notching 12 times and adding four assists in senior first-team football despite being just 18 years of age.
Understandably, Utd chiefs rejected the proposal and moved quickly to tie the impressive youngster down to a fresh long-term deal.
While that avenue came to a dead end, the report notes that Sancho remains ‘firmly on United’s radar.’
Dortmund’s stance on losing their superstar Englishman is said to be ‘softening,’ though a bid in excess of the £100m mark is still likely to be required to get the deal over the line.
The two clubs could come to loggerheads over a different English youngster, after the article noted both sides have been keeping a close eye on Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham.
Dortmund are described as ‘maintaining an interest’ in the 16-year-old, but Utd appear to have ramped up their advances by taking Bellingham on a tour of their Carrington training complex in recent times.