Borussia Dortmund have placed a £115million price tag on the head of Manchester United target Jadon Sancho, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim Dortmund want the hefty fee for the England international, despite admitting he can be a handful to manage off the field.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants three major signings this summer and Sancho tops the list.
Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Birmingham City youngster Jude Bellingham are the other players on Solskjaer’s hitlist, according to the Evening Standard.
United were believed to be in pole position to land 19-year-old Sancho before football was locked down due to coronavirus.
Now though the financial uncertainty surrounding the transfer market has left United uncertain about a record-breaking deal.
The paper report that United “are wary of committing” themselves to a Premier League record transfer and will only firm up their plans once the season finally finishes.
Dortmund were always expected to look for a fee in excess of £100million, but United may well have expected a discount after the former Man City man was caught up in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
He was left out of the Dortmund squad in October by Lucien Favre, who cited “a disciplinary measure” adding that “everything else will remain internal”.
It’s understood Sancho was late back from international duty with England. While more recently he was fined by the German FA for breaking lockdown guidelines while getting a haircut.
“Jadon is not only an exceptional footballer who is noticeable on the pitch, but occasionally also outside of the pitch. Sometimes it’s not easy for us,” Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s sporting director, told Sport Bild.
‘Sancho developing really well’
England boss Gareth Southgate believes Sancho is “developing really well”.
“He’s a very talented young player – that’s clear. The Bundesliga is getting a lot of profile at the moment but it’s no surprise to us,” Southgate said on The Football Show on Sky Sports.
“I think the interesting challenge is that Bayern [Munich] are the best team in the Bundesliga; RB Leipzig and Dortmund are performing well but the gap when you then work down the league is an interesting one when you compare it to the Premier League.
“The top teams have certainly been a challenge for English teams in the Champions League but the level I don’t think is quite the same in Germany in terms of the depth because the finances aren’t quite the same.
“Any step for Sancho is going to be a challenge but he’s developing really well.”