Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that he wants negotiations with Jadon Sancho wrapped up quickly, according to a report.
After links between United and Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho last summer, such speculation has ramped up this season.
However, the key issue this time round is Sancho’s exit fee. Dortmund are holding out for around £100million, amid the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic.
Woodward made clear in April that the current financial uncertainties would skew the market and decrease the likelihood of big-money transfers this summer.
According to the Daily Star, though, Woodward remains willing to sanction an £80million bid for top target Sancho.
The newspaper claims it is a “take-it-or-leave it” offer which Woodward hopes will persuade Dortmund into earning huge profit on the player.
Indeed, Solskjaer has reportedly pressured Woodward into making a move for Sancho his top priority.
The United boss does not want negotiations to drag on and wants Sancho training with the rest of the squad next month. Solskjaer wants the 20-year-old to acclimatise ahead of the new Premier League season in September.
As such, Woodward will wait until next week before either pressing on with the £80million bid or backing away. The decision hinges on United’s hunt for a Champions League place.
The Red Devils can move into the top four with a point against West Ham on Wednesday. They will move ahead of Leicester, who lost to Tottenham on Sunday.
However, the battle for fourth will go down to the final day on Sunday, when United and Leicester face off.
Should United not finish in the top four, their finances will take a hit. Chief among the impacts of that will be penalties from kit supplier adidas as part of their £750million partnership.
MERSON QUESTIONS SOLSKJAER’S TEAM SELECTION
Elsewhere, Paul Merson has hit out at Solskjaer for fielding a weaker side for Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Chelsea.
United lost 3-1 to Frank Lampard’s side, who will face Arsenal in the final on August 1.
Solskjaer left out in-form duo Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood in two of a number of changes.